August 1, 1923 ~ September 29, 2002

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden - Graham Lewis Davis, 79, of Arden, died Sunday, September 29, 2002, in a local hospital. A lifelong resident of Buncombe County, he was son of the late Dreyfus and Gertrude Brigman Davis. Mr. Davis was a retired teacher from Enka High School where he touched the lives of many students. He established the first auto mechanic program in Buncombe County at Enka High School. Following his retirement he served as a substitute teacher in the Buncombe County School System. He served as a Marine during World War II, including the invasion of Okinawa. He was a member of Arden First Baptist Church. Surviving is his wife of 59 years Roselyn Trexler Davis; two daughters, Judy Davis Huntley of Flat Rock and Jennifer Davis Self of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Todd Johnson of Florida, Toby Johnson of Atlanta, Courtney Snyder of Greenville, NC and Cameron Self of Charlotte; one great grandson, Davis Johnson and one brother, James B. Davis of Asheville. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian with the Rev. Stephen Summers officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council Memorial Team. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 pm Monday at the funeral home on Long Shoals Road.

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  1. (I think I messed up the first time)
    Toby and family I’m so sorry to hear of your grandfathers death. Mr. Davis was a very special man to all and will be missed greatly. Our hearts go out to you all and you will forever be in our prayers. Love, Kim , Kailyn, Amy, and Jeanne Hadsell

  2. Dear Mrs.Davis and Family,
    I taught at Enka with Graham for many years, and we are also related through the Brigman side of the family. He was a very good and special friend to all of us here at EHS. He always had a smile on his face and a kind and gentle word to help lift you up.
    My sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. We will all miss him very much.
    God Bless You,
    Susan DeWeese and Family

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr Davis was one of the best teachers i ever knew not only about his field but about life also. He will be dearly missed.

    Marty Allen class of 81

  4. So sorry for your loss, but I know it is Heaven’s gain. Your huband and father was a very rare, but super special person, He taught many to believe in themselves and one of those people was me. I will always and forever appreciate him for everything he taught me about myself and also life. God bless you all and keep you during this time.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Graham’s death but rejoice that he no longer suffers and is freely breathing Heaven’s air. We lift you up in prayer, asking God to supply your every need, in a way that only He can.

  6. Dear Family,
    I worked at Enka High with Graham until he retired and when he subbed after retirement. He was a very dear man. An honorable, good Christian man that I have felt blessed to know. May God be near to you during this time of loss. Respectfully, Sandi Sprinkle

  7. Toby & Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Your Grandfather was a very special man and will be missed by many people in our community and at Arden First Baptist Church.

  8. Toby, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of sorrow.

  9. To the Graham Family:

    Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    I, personally, will miss Graham. He was a prince of a man. Well liked by his peers. His life will be remembered by many of his former students. His life was a testament to what goodness is all about.

    God bless you all,

    Tommy and Jessie Koontz,

    Jenny’s former teacher.

  10. Roselyn and Family, I worked at Enka High School in the 70’s with Graham, and again in the 90’s when he substituted. I am truly sorry for your loss. Graham was such a nice gentleman, and well thought of by the kids. You all are in my prayers. Jane Luther (retired)

  11. We were so sorry to learn of Graham’s death. Rose, please know that you and your family are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers.
    David and Glenda Travis (former neighbors on Sycamore Dr.)

  12. Was sorry to hear of Graham’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Would love to see you all again.

    Garrett & Katherine


  14. Hello.
    My name is Tony Parham I am a 1981 graduate of Enka High School. I currently live in Alaska with my wife and two boys age 7 & 11. I came to Alaska about 5 years ago as an independent Baptist missionary.I would like to express my feelings to the family and I know you miss him alot.
    When I was in the ninth grade he was my auto teacher. Some of the memories that I had was that he had sold me a Fender guitar and amplifier and I made him payments on it till I paid it off. I don’t know of too many people like that that would trust a ninth grader to make payments but I appreciate him doing that for me.
    He wanted me also to paint a little spark plug guy on one of his trash cans for him and I did the best I could with it and it didn’t turn out too bad but he was proud of it anyways.
    Well, I just wanted to share those things with you & we will be praying that God will comfort your hearts in the days to come.I am thankful for the salvation of the Lord and that he has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him for all eternity!
    John 14:1-4,1 Cor 15:1-4
    Lord Bless.

  15. Graham was a true hero in every sense of the word. From the battles of World War II to his battles with health problems in later years, he was a hero. He filled a void in my life at a very critical time. For that, I will always be grateful. No words can express how much I will miss him. I am a better person for having known him. I love you, Cracker.
    Gerry Huntley (son-in-law)

  16. Cracker: 16 years without you is hard to believe. You were like a Father and you were there when I needed someone most. I miss those Bristol races and UT football games with you. Those were the best of times. You are greatly missed. Rose, your dear wife, joined you in recent years. Your spirit is always near. Love from your Son-In-Law, Gerry


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