Philip Coleman Davis

philip davis

October 30, 1936 ~ March 28, 2024

Born in: Norton, Virginia
Resided in: Asheville, North Carolina

Philip Coleman Davis was born on October 30, 1936 in Norton, Virginia to William Dean Davis and Virginia Coleman Davis.

He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1958. After teaching school in rural Virginia he entered The Medical College of Virginia and graduated in 1964. After an internship at the Medical College of Virginia he completed his residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital from 1965-1968. He served in the United States Army Medical Corp from 1968-1970, reaching the rank of Major.

He returned to Atlanta from 1970-1972, completing a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Emory University. In 1972 he moved to Asheville and joined Asheville OB-GYN Associates and subsequently Campbell-Davis GYN Associates.

He was a member of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as The South Atlantic Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, he served on multiple community boards but was most proud of and rewarded by the following:

As president of the WNC Medical Society in 1991, he was one of the founders of Project Access, which to date has served over fifteen thousand uninsured and underserved patients, providing a savings of over fifty million dollars.

He was named the outstanding physician teacher by MAHEC in June 1997. In May 1997, due to Project Access, he was presented with the American College of Obstetric and Gynecology Physician Community Award in Las Vegas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Lou McCarty Davis in 1988.

He is survived by a son, Philip Coleman Davis, Jr. of Cookeville, Tennessee, a daughter, Melissa Ann Davis Mintz (Steven) of Richmond, Virginia, and three grandchildren, Cecelia Claire Mintz, John Philip Mintz and Zoë Isabel Mintz, and longtime companion Martha Blackshear Salisbury of Asheville, NC.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church Of Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in memory of Dr. Phil Davis to Project Access, 304 Summit Drive, Asheville, NC 28803.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: April 6, 2024 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church
40 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. Dr. Davis was a wonderful, caring doctor. His patients were blessed to have him. May God’s blessings and peace be with his family.

  2. Dr.Davis was my doctor for many years.He was the best ob-gyn doctor in Asheville. He delivered both of my sons and done a couple of surgeries on me. He knew how to calm you down when you was scared. May you rest in peace Dr. Davis. May God be with your family at this difficult time. 🙏

  3. I worked with Dr. Davis in L&D at Mission from 1979-1981. He was a joy to work with and a wonderful doctor. May God give you His comfort now and in the days ahead.

  4. I worked many cases with Dr. Davis in the OR. He was a gentle quiet, caring and compassionate man. Always the bowtie!

  5. Dr. Davis was my doctor for many years, through both my pregnancies, through 3 miscarriages. He was such a caring and sweet man. May God comfort the family.

  6. I worked with Dr. Davis for many years in Labor & Delivery at Mission Hospital. He was a wonderful doctor and a pleasure to work with. Sincere condolences to his family.

  7. Philip: My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your father rest in peace and I know you will forever cherish him in all your memories.

  8. I had the privilege of being Dr. Davis’s office nurse for 12 wonderful years until Asheville OB GyN dissolved. He was brilliant, compassionate, honorable and had the utmost integrity in every facet of his life. He moved steadily through each day with conservative options to fit the patient’s needs and as his reputation broadened he was loved and respected by his patients, staff and peers. I kept up with him through the years and I will miss him but I know he can rest now having lived an exemplary life by helping everyone he could. Bless you Dr. Davis

  9. We have lost a true advocate for doing the “right” thing. So few have his remarkably beneficent heart and spirit. He will be missed. We will remember him and his work, always.

  10. Dear Family: I just saw this. I live in Haywood County, but your Dad was my ob/gyn when I had my boys. He was a wonderful doctor, and I loved and thought so much of him. May God richly bless and comfort each of you. He was a fine man, and I know he will be missed!

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