March 31, 1936 ~ March 20, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Cumming, GA

Mr. Charles Richard Davis “Dick” of Cumming, GA (previously Chamblee for 41 years), passed away March 20, 2021, after his battle with cancer.

Dick was born in 1936 in Asheville, NC, to the late Leslie E. Davis and Laura Elizabeth Davis. He was born during a terrible snowstorm, his parents could not make it to the hospital, but made it to his grandparents’ home where he was born. He is the oldest of two children, his younger sister Patty lives in Asheville with her husband Ken.

He graduated from Sand Hill High School in Asheville in 1954 where he played basketball, was on two square dance teams and was a member of the Future Farmers of America, all while working on his father’s dairy farm, South View Dairy delivering milk before school with his father and sister.

Dick served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. He was part of the Charlie Company, 2nd Battle group, 4th Infantry, as a Squad leader. He was stationed in Fort Benning, GA, and Bamberg, West Germany.

Dick graduated from North Carolina State University in 1964 with a BS degree in Food Science and Dairy Manufacturing and a Business Minor. He loved to follow the Wolf Pack!

Dick was married for 24 years to the love of his life, Bette Lou Cathey. They were married in Greenville, SC on February 7, 1966. They had two daughters, Dana and Cheri.

Dick’s first job was at American Enka Corporation, in Enka, NC, where he worked while attending college. He then got a job at Tetra Pak that moved him to Atlanta, GA. In 2002, Dick eventually retired from Johnson Truck Bodies.

Dick loved to play golf with his church buddies from Embry Hills United Methodist Church. He also loved that he was on the Masters Golf List and enjoyed the tickets for 25 years.

Most of all, Dick loved his grandchildren. He enjoyed going to basketball and football games, and “coaching from the sidelines.”

In the last few years, as he slowed down, he loved going to lunch at Biscuit Barn in Cumming. He loved driving, watching the golf channel, and found comfort in listening to WSB radio. His final days were filled with love and family.

Dick is survived by his daughters, Dana Kenney (Rick) of Suwanee, GA, and Cheri Foley of Athens, GA; his sister, Patricia Louise Hamlin (Ken), of Candler; his nieces and nephews, Leslie Hamlin (Tim) of Candler, Michael Otis Hamlin, (Susan) of Salem, SC, Suzie Carswell Davilla of Tampa and Jeffery Carswell ( Judy) of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and his eight grandchildren: Joe, Matty, Katie, Richie, Abbie, Emma, Matt (Cayla) and Morgan.

Family and friends will gather at Groce Funeral Home in Asheville on Friday, March 26th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are required. A graveside service will follow at Francis Asbury Church at 2:00 p.m.


For those who wish to pay their respects: March 26, 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: March 26, 2021 2:00 pm

Francis Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery
Asbury Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. I loved Mr. Davis, we all at Fagan’s Biscuit Barn loved him so much. Prayers for your family.

  2. I always admired my cousin Dick. He did things his way, and he was right to do so, and I will miss talking to him on the phone and exchanging cards and letters.

  3. Dick and I being from the NC mountains hit it off well when we first met at church. We played a lot of bad golf together( including his hole in one). We went to the Masters every year for a lot of joyous years. We manned the pumps when his house flooded, and we hoisted a few Evan Williams on occasion. Dick was a true friend.

  4. I loved visiting with Dick – he always had the best stories. Driving in the car was like an education on anything Western Carolina had to offer. Always managed to point out the Cutdzu vine (spelling) lol He knew so much! Love you and Miss you Uncle Dick.

  5. To Dick’s family. We are sorry for your loss. The loss of either a parent or a sibling is one of the hardest losses.

    Joyce Neal, Dick’s first cousin

  6. Patty and Family, we are very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our hearts and prayers.

    Mollie Johnson and Marsha Thomas

  7. Patty and Family We are very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our hearte and prayers.

    Mollie Johnson and Marsha Thomas

  8. Sending our condolences to Pattie and all of Dicks family. may God give you all the strength to help you with your loss.


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