Daniel Whitaker (Whit) Davis, a beloved family doctor in Anson County, died February 2nd, 2021 at age 91. Former patients remembered his dedication and good humor. From 1960 to 2000, Dr. D. W. Davis was a general practitioner in an office beside the old Anson Community Hospital in Wadesboro. He delivered thousands of babies and also served for a time as medical examiner.
He was born on December 21st, 1929 in Andrews, N.C, a mountain town near Murphy, the son of Elizabeth Pullium and Hamilton Ewart Davis. After graduating from Andrews High School, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1952 with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the U.S Navy as an ensign on a destroyer, the USS Knapp, for two years, and one year on the USS Meredith. On August 20, 1955, he married Lucy Welch Claytor of Charleston, SC. He graduated from the UNC School of Medicine, and then interned at Duke Hospital. He was a member of UNC’s Morehead Scholarship Selection Committee. Upon retirement he was recognized with a service award by the Carolinas Healthcare System Anson in Wadesboro.
He was an avid golfer and fan of UNC sports, but his favorite hobby was music. As a high school student during World War II, he served as a bugler, playing taps for military funerals. While serving on the USS Knapp, he played trumpet in a jazz band of sailors on a round-the-world cruise. In Wadesboro, he sang bass in the choir at Calvary Episcopal Church for over 50 years, until he was over 90. After retirement he helped form a popular band, the Hidden Talents, which entertained around Anson County and beyond for many years.
Dr. Davis is survived by his sister, Jane Davis Swan; children, Virginia Davis (Joe Donohue), Edward Davis (Sandy), and Charles Davis (Mary); grandchildren, William Bost, Helen Bost, Samuel Davis, Henry Davis, Sarah Davis, Daniel Davis, and Sophie Davis, and great-grandchildren Lomi and Lucy. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lucy; siblings Mary Delle Davis Greer, Jack Beason Davis, and John Henry Davis.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church Music Fund, 308 East Wade St., Wadesboro, NC 28170. A memorial service is to be scheduled for a future date at Calvary Episcopal Church, when public health conditions permit. Leavitt Funeral Home in Wadesboro is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Andrews, N.C. Condolences may be offered at www.leavittfh.com.