WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Henry Vinston Davis

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March 12, 1929 — Sept. 16, 2020

“Education is our passport to the future, For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X

ROCKY MOUNT — Henry Vinston Davis was born on March 12, 1929. He departed this life on Sept. 16, 2020, at his home.

Henry’s legacy revolved around his love for people and his love of education. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1947; then he graduated from South Carolina State College in 1953. Upon graduation from South Carolina State, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer, where he served four years at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota (which he called “the frozen chosen”).

Upon release from the Air Force, Henry returned to South Carolina State to earn a master’s degree in social studies.

He then began teaching at Darden High School in Wilson, where he taught social studies until integration changed the school makeup. Subsequently, he went to Beddingfield High School and taught world history, Black history and drivers’ education. In total, Henry taught more than30 years in Wilson County Schools. He was well respected by his co-workers, trusted by parents and loved by his students.

Henry was an active community participant and very supportive of all worthwhile activities, both for Mayview and around the “Y.”

He embraced life with a smile, some joke or a quotation of wisdom. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alice Davis; and a brother, Robert Lee Davis.

A host of cousins and friends are left to mourn his passing, as well as his love, Lillie.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Pineview Cemetery, East Raleigh Boulevard, Rocky Mount.

Attendees are asked to wear a mask.

Morgan Funerals and Cremations of Rocky Mount is providing professional services.