Robert L. Davis

Jan. 9, 1945 - Jan. 17, 2006

Robert Leon Davis was born on Jan. 9, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa., the sixth child of William and Emma Walden Davis. At a young age, Robert migrated to Beachton, Ga., where he completed his education graduating from high school in the Cairo, Ga., school system.

Robert was later drafted in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam. After returning to the U.S. he shared wonderful stories of the Vietnamese people he had met and with whom he had become friends.

“Bing” as he was affectionately called by his family, loved people. He also greatly admired different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Robert was that type of friend to all who knew him. Whether at home or away, Robert was never too busy to regularly check in on his family and friends.

In the late 1960s Robert settled in Anderson where he attended Anderson College. At that time he also began working at General Motors Corp. where he remained until he retired in 2004. In 1975 Robert was married to Diane Bryant and from this union a son, Rodlin Leon Davis, was born. Robert was always a devoted father and loving parent. He spent many hours of quality time nurturing his son and providing a legacy that will not be forgotten.

Robert’s other passions included traveling (in and out of the U.S.), birds (he owned several different species) and fashion. When asked how he was able to coordinate colors so well he said, “I just look at nature and see the combinations of colors in the animals, the flowers and the trees.”

Robert was a member of the Sherman Street Church of God in Anderson. On Jan. 17, 2006, Robert left his earthly home and was transported into the glorious presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, a devoted son, Rodlin; three sisters, Betty Jane Davis, Barbara Y. Davis and Etta D. Barton; two brothers, William J. Davis and Herschel T. Davis; a sister-in-law, Alice Davis; a niece, Sybil; two nephews, Herschel and Troy; a devoted friend, Karen Johnson; and a host of relatives and friends.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday at Sherman Street Church of God with the Rev. Theodore Baker officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by L.C. May Funeral Services.

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