Richard "Buster" Lee Davis
Canton- During the quiet evening hours of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Richard “Buster” Lee Davis, age 94, peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Richard was born April 30, 1927 in Madisonville, Tennessee to the late Troy John Davis and the late Mary Stiles Davis. The Davis family made the decision to make the mountains of Haywood County their new residence and from the young age of 4 Richard proudly called this his home. He was a 1944 graduate of Canton High School and “Buster”, as he was well known by friends, is remembered by his fellow classmates as being one of the most outgoing and kindest members of their class. Upon his high school graduation, he chose to continue his education by attending North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Mr. Davis was also a United States Navy veteran, honorably his country during World War II. Following his military service he was employed with United States Postal Service in Canton. Richard later began a new career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a licensed agent and upon his growing and successful career as an insurance representative Richard made the decision to establish his own business and opened Clyde Insurance Agency which served businesses and families many years all throughout Western North Carolina. Mr. Davis was a faithful member of Canton First Baptist Church where he had served as a Sunday school teacher and an ordained deacon. Richard was dedicated to being an active member of his community and was always helping and volunteering with many civic projects throughout the county. He was a member of Pigeon River Masonic Lodge # 386 A.F.& A.M.for more than 60 years and was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal. Richard “Buster” Davis was a consummate gentleman, a man with a big heart, and his love for his beloved wife, children and grandchildren was immeasurable. In remembering Richard, he was a man who was a great inspiration to others and in the words of his family, “He always saw the best in everyone.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcella Davis Kelly and his brother, W.T. Davis.
Surviving are his loving wife of 70 years, Shirley Silver Davis; his son, Richard Davis, Jr. and his wife, Maria Davis of West Palm Beach, Florida; his daughter, Sharon Davis Kolman of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Lillie Kolman, Imani Waltrip, Shanella Kelly, and Jonathan Kelly and wife Kim; great-grandchildren, Liam Waltrip, Aurelia Kelly, Solara Kelly and Kourtney Kelly; a sister, Willie Mae “Billie” Mehaffey ; a brother, Charles “C. Don” Davis and a multitude of friends.
A private family memorial service to honor and remember Mr., Davis will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, November 12, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the memorial service.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Davis memory to the charity of one’s choice.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Davis family.