A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Alloway Cemetery in Red Springs at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
He was born in Person County on Aug. 17, 1921 to Charlie W. Davis and Ella Lou Gentry Davis. His family moved to Laurinburg when he was 7 years of age and then to Red Springs when he was 8. Having graduated from Philadelphus High School, his career began at Liberty Manufacturing, he then was a fireman at the Laurinburg/Maxton Air Force Base during WWII, purchased Buie Trading Co. in 1947, and joined F.S. Royster in 1955 retiring in 1992 after successfully being salesman of the year for many years. He married Candis Arlene McLamb from Lumberton in January 1945. They enjoyed traveling to various countries during their 67 years of marriage. His association in the farming industry began in 1951 and continued until 2000.
John was a member of the Board of Directors of First Union National Bank in Pembroke for years. He was also a member of the Philadelphus Ritutan Club and a Free Mason. He enjoyed golfing and hunting. His membership of Buie United Methodist Church instilled in him the true meaning of serving God and the love of family. He transferred his membership to Trinity United Methodist Church in Red Springs and eventually to First United Methodist Church in Laurinburg.
John and Arlene lived in the Buie Township of Red Springs from 1946 until 2000 and then moved to Laurinburg.
Survivors include his wife Arlene McLamb Davis of Laurinburg, children Betty (Larry) McCarty of Fort Mill, S.C., Delores (Herb) Smith of Laurinburg, Jo Ann (James) McQueen of Laurinburg, and Steve Davis of Red Springs. Grandchildren include Dawne Reddeck (Keith) of Ft. Mill, James Edward McQueen (Donna), Emily Lighthall (Jason), and Stan Smith (Leslie) all of Laurinburg, Aimee Rice (Bryant) of Zebulon, and Stephanie Davis (Jason) also of Laurinburg. Great-grandchildren include Preston and Griffin Reddeck, Katie and Jay Lighthall, Creighton and Finley Smith, Dawson McQueen, and JD, Luke, and Cody Rice. Step-grandchildren are Kim McCarty of Washington, D.C., Chris McCarty of Fort Mill, S.C., and step-great-grandchildren Madison and Kendall McCarty. Sisters include Ann Hasty and Molly Smith of Laurinburg, and he is survived by his brothers Calvin Davis of Red Springs and Bob (Ela) Davis of Laurinburg and sister-in-law Mildred Wilson of Laurinburg in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister Dorothy Underwood and brothers Harry and Clyde Davis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Church St., Laurinburg, NC 28352 and Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the Davis family.