Davis legacy continues

Published 5:50 pm Sunday, July 7, 2013

WINTON – Despite the passage of over three years since his death, the legacy of DuPont L. Davis continues to breathe.

At their meeting here last week, the Hertford County Board of Commissioners – four of the five were serving at the time of his death in March of 2010 – honored their former colleague by voting unanimously to establish the DuPont L. Davis Memorial Park.

In a 5-0 vote, the commissioners approved a resolution to honor Davis’ “outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the State of North Carolina and the county he loved so dearly.”

The now approved resolution paved the way for the park/playground located at R.L. Vann School on Holloman Ave. in Ahoskie to be named the DuPont L. Davis Memorial Park. That particular location is currently owned by the county.

The resolution saluted Davis for his “faithful and tireless” service to the citizens of Hertford County through his role as a commissioner. He was first elected in November of 1988 and served until his death.

Davis’ legacy extended far beyond his role as a county commissioner. He served as Founder and Chairman of the Dr. Joseph D. Weaver Scholarship Foundation, President of the Atlantic District Fair, member of Jerusalem Masonic Lodge #96, former Mason of the Year, former Worship Master of the Year, member of the Advisors for the Judicial System in North Carolina and a member of the United States Trotting Association for 40 years.

He also served on the Mid-East Commission, R.L. Vann Alumni Association and was a member for 34 years on the Hertford County Athletic Association.

Davis formally served as President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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