Hal Avon Davis, Jr. ’54

Hal Avon Davis, Jr. ’54, 79, of Asheboro, N.C., died March 17, 2012, at Grace Hospital, Morganton, N.C. Davis was born Oct. 18, 1932. He was the son of the late Hal Avon Davis and Martha Jones Bass Davis. Davis attended Davidson and graduated from UNC School of Dentistry. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Ala., from 1957-59. He opened his dental practice in Asheboro in 1959. Upon his retirement in 1994, he taught in the dental hygiene program at Guilford Technical Community College until 2007. He also enjoyed his fill-in work at other dental offices. He was a member of the N.C. Dental Society and the Randolph County Dental Society, where he enjoyed the fellowship of his dental colleagues. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher. He was an Eagle Scout and supported his sons’ Eagle achievement. “Dr. D” respected and loved his patients and staff. He enjoyed sharing his garden harvest with others. His love of giving and generosity was appreciated by his family and community. He loved the annual family beach trips, grandchildren’s activities, his animals, fishing, bowling, and UNC basketball. Davis is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marion Davis, 620 Maple Ave., Asheboro, NC 27203. He is also survived by his daughters, Deborah H. Davis ’77 and her children, William H. Singley, Julia B. Singley ’15, and Thomas J. Singley; Karen E. Coltrane (Warren) and children, Kathleen E. Hall and Evelyn R. Cabon; sons, Hal A. Davis III (Louise) and children, Rose E. Davis and Emma G. Davis; Thomas E. Davis ’89 (Jayne) and their dogs, Dare and Tally; sisters, Martha Ann Springer and Mary Beth Masline (Richard ’64); sisters-in-law, Carole McKinley and Neal Maness; and son-in-law, Dewayne Singley.