WILMINGTON — Richard Lee Davis, born in New Bern to Homer and Ann Davis in December 1952, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021.
The youngest of three children, he grew up around horses and stables. He embraced the culture of equestrian life. Richard graduated from Hoggard High School in 1971. While in high school, he enjoyed working at a local pizza establishment on Market Street.
He spent many years working as a maintenance professional in an industrial environment. Although it was not his passion, he excelled and was loved by his coworkers.
He was introduced by a close family member to the world of driving 18 wheelers and quickly fell in love with the occupation. He spent his last few working years driving trucks across the country and enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the southern United States.
After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He immersed himself in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He thrived on the fellowship he felt with his church family.
Some of his favorite past times were spending time with his only daughter riding horses, swimming and boating. He loved his grandchildren and thrived on being an educator as well as passing along knowledge that he was blessed with. He loved all things water, enjoying boating, marine life, and watching TV with his wife Glenda.
He was preceded in death by his father, Homer Nixon Davis; and older brother, Nick Davis.
Surviving Richard are his mother, Ann C. Davis; daughter, Bethann (Davis) Carter of Hampstead; wife, Glenda Davis of Hampstead; sister, Marcy (Davis) and Moe Maley; sister-in-law, Teresa Flora; stepdaughters, Cynthia Stanley and Edrie Cook; grandchildren, Taylor Carter, Christine Stanley, Jennifer Forester, Jacob Cook and Caroline Cook; five great-grandchildren; niece, Amy Lieseke; and nephew, Mike Maley.
His family would like to send generous thanks and appreciate to the kind and loving staff of Azalea Heath & Rehab Center located in Wilmington. Richard was lucky to have these people to care for him.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hampstead. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
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