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Davis, Curtis Edward

Davis, Curtis Edward

Male 1938 - 2014  (76 years)

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  • Name Davis, Curtis Edward 
    Birth 7 May 1938 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 41949 
    Death 3 Oct 2014  Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I41154  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Father Davis, James Edward,   b. 23 Mar 1890, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 8 May 1962 (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Shaw, Linnie Evelyn,   b. Abt 1904, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F22416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Brown, Mattie Lee,   b. 18 May 1935, Orange County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Nov 2021 (Age 86 years) 
    Marriage 29 Apr 1960 
    Reference Number 618440 
    +1. Living
    Family ID F14963  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

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    Curtis Edward Davis
    Curtis Edward Davis Sworn in as Yanceyville Mayor
    Curtis Edward Davis Ribbon Cutting
    Curtis Edward Davis Candidate for Yanceyville Sanitary Board
    Yanceyville Town Council Meeting Turns Ugly
    Thomas Brothers Oil Co. New Store in Yanceyville, NC

  • Notes 
    • Curtis E. Davis (1938-2014)

      CurtisDavis (1938-2014)

      Curtis Davis

      Yanceyville Council Debate Turns Ugly

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      Newspaper Article: Yanceyville Town Council Meeting Turns Ugly: Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, North Carolina) · 10 Sep 1999, Fri · Page 17

      Curtis E. Davis died Friday, October 3, 2014, at Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, North Carolina. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, October 6, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville (Yanceyville, North Carolina), with Reverends Jimmy Burks, Larry Ferrell, and Britt Groom officiating. A eulogy will be provided by longtime friend, Vernon Massengill. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

      Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence (411 Wall Street, Yanceyville, North Carolina). In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department. Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Davis Family with arrangements. Condolences may be made at

      Mr. Davis was born May 7, 1938, to the late James Edward Davis and Linnie Evelyn Shaw Davis. Mr. Davis retired from Thomas Brothers Oil and Gas, in Yanceyville, North Carolina, after thirty-seven years. He served the Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department for twenty-nine years. While with the fire department he served as a Captain, EMT-First Responder, and Chaplain. He was one of Caswell County’s first EMTs in the early 1970s. He became interested in serving the town he loved and was elected to the Yanceyville Sanitary District in 1979. While in office he was instrumental in seeing the town become re-incorporated on July 1, 1986, and became Yanceyville’s mayor. Mayor Davis worked to the best interest of the town's economic, cultural, and aesthetic betterment.

      Mayor Davis served on several boards, including the E-911 board and the Farmer Lake Board. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville. Educated in the Pittsylvania County, Virginia, schools, he later attended Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, North Carolina.

      Mr. Davis is survived by his loving wife of fifty-four years, Mattie (Peggy) Brown Davis; son, Jimmy and his wife Kelly of Danville, Virginia; one grandson, Ryland Davis; one granddaughter, Moriah Davis; his sisters, Dorothy Hill of Danville, Virginia, Virginia Dix of Richmond, Virginia, and Betty Hendricks of Danville, Virginia. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Margaret Hill and Lois King.

      Mack Williams: Memory book
      Salisbury Post (Salisbury, North Carolina)
      Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 12, 2017

      This concerns that "funeral memory book" from the night table mentioned in last week's column, "Night Next Door," where I stayed overnight in a house whose owner is temporarily in a rest home. The book was dedicated to Charlie Guthrie's wife, Margaret Hursey Guthrie (1919-1971) mother of Charles Guthrie, owner of the house in which I "house sat," or rather, "house slept." The signers represent a small town's "who’s who." As I mention some names, you might wonder: "Why mention names probably unknown to us!" Answer: "I knew them, their names were part of them, not just 'something they were called!'" Having lived over three decades in Yanceyville,when seeing only "half-a- married couple's" signature, I automatically knew whether or not death was the reason.

      Director of Caswell Funeral Home, Roy S. Hooper, Salisbury native, first employed at Summersett Funeral Home. Roy passed away some years ago, and I've always thought it especially sad when a funeral director dies, as if "handling" death might provide some mystical, innoculative immunity from it.

      Rev Carroll Spivey, long time Yanceyville First Baptist minister officiated. I later sang at some funerals officiated by him.

      Mrs. Nancy Rudd, First Baptist's organist, played "When They Ring Those Golden Bell" and "My God and I." Nancy also played at mine and my late wife, Diane's wedding in 1974.

      Dorothy Zimmerman, Caswell County Schools Supervisor, who when even in her 70s was handy with binoculars for bird watching, and of good enough unaided vision to watch meteor showers.

      Nettie Bray and her son Wayne, both handlers of my family's life insurance (her name always made me think of Scotland).

      Town barber, Bruce (not "Floyd") Ellis signed.

      High school teacher Norman Upchurch was an institution! Some things he said in his classroom would probably result in dismissal in this present world of "hurt feelings," with heart worn not just on one sleeve cuff, but "quartered" into its four chambers, each "sensitively" displayed upon each cuff of shirt and pants for maximum receipt of "offense"(gosh! sounds masochistic!).

      One day, a very tall student propped some books at the top of the classroom entrance door, so that upon entry, Mr. Upchurch would be "pummeled" by them. The student miscalculated and Mr. Upchurch was untouched. Mr. Upchurch revealed his knowledge of the culprit's identity by responding: "If I had I ladder, I would climb it and punch the SOB who did this right in the face!"

      Even though that funeral book was not a Bible, I did see a "red-lettered" name: Clarence Graves. Mr. Graves was an African-American pillar of the community and work-mate of Mrs. Guthrie at Yanceyville Drug Company. All of the other names were signed in black ink, so I think Mr. Graves chose to use his own pen.

      Curtis Davis was one of Caswell County's first EMTs in the 1970s and later, Yanceyville's first mayor after incorporation.

      Mrs. Ralph Shatterly and David (David, friend and co-worker at Caswell County DSS, brother of Rowan's Ralph Shatterly, this "Mrs. Ralph Shatterly," their mother, and still with us in her nineties!).

      Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt Moore (my father-in-law and mother-in-law). Hoyt coached hundreds of kids in American Legion Baseball and taught many future auto mechanics at Yanceyville's Bartlett Yancey High School. His wife, Doris worked at Northwestern Bank and later became a highly respected tax preparer in the community.

      Out of the register fell an old photograph of Mrs. Guthrie and friends sitting near a lake in bathing suits on a sunny day. The aging of the black-and-white snapshot made for a sickly-yellow sepia sunlight. The green grass was a lush, dark gray; and seeing Mrs. Guthrie seated on the grass, I imagined her past joys above ground.

      Placing the register back within the night table drawer, I thought of each of us being one day "published" in such a book, every signer a "footnote" of greater or lesser meaning in our lives.

      Yanceyville voters to head to the polls next Tuesday
      By Shannon White/Caswell messenger editor Nov 3, 2005

      Voters must fill two seats on the Yanceyville Town Council and cast their vote for Yanceyville Mayor in the municipal election on Tuesday, November 8.

      Dan Printz is seeking a second term as Yanceyville Mayor.

      "This will sound silly and no one will understand it, but I'm proudest of my Town Council," Printz said when asked about his biggest source of pride during his two-year term. "When I came in with a council that, part of them, were doing politics the old way - back door politics. I've changed that. I've gone about making it very clear that I will not tolerate back door politics. Granted, we don't see eye to eye on every issue but when we adjourn, we can still be friends. I am so proud of the council as it sits right now."

      Printz explained that his biggest disappointment had been his inability to reverse the water deal the town had entered with Person County and Roxboro. He had been a vocal opponent of the Interlocal Water Agreement during the last election and had voiced his hope that Yanceyville could get out of the deal which sparked a lawsuit in which Caswell County claimed Yanceyville had no right to sell water from the Dan River to Person County and Roxboro. Printz said that once he was elected to office, putting an end to the deal was not that easy.

      "When I first took office I sat down with Steve (Town Manager Steve Smith) and Lee (Town Attorney Lee Farmer) but they advised me that Person County and Roxboro would probably sue the town for the $650,000 they had already invested and millions in lost revenues if we tried to get out of the agreement. Then I talked to Steve Joyner, the Mayor of Roxboro and the Person County Chairman of Commissioners and they both agreed they would probably sue. I had a choice to make right then. I wasn't elected to financially ruin this town."

      "This has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life and the most rewarding," Printz said of his first term as Mayor. "This is an awesome responsibility. I want people to know that I'm honest and I try my best to protect and serve the citizens of this town. I'm not infallible, but when I do fail, I'll be the first to admit it and try to correct my mistakes. That's a true public servant."

      Printz is a former Trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He is currently employed at Dillard Middle School where he helps care for special needs children and is a gunsmith and the owner of the Firing Pin.

      Printz is officially running unopposed since the Board of Elections decided in September to remove Kenny Boswell from the ballot. Printz had challenged Boswell's candidacy saying that Boswell was not a resident of Yanceyville. After hearing testimony at a September 29 hearing, the Board of Elections ruled that Boswell had listed an address where he did not actually reside when he filed, thus giving cause for his removal from the ballot. Boswell has maintained that he intended on living at the address listed by the time the election was held. Boswell says that he is now living on NC Hwy 86 N, inside the town limits and has been campaigning for the write-in vote.

      Printz said he was "sick and tired" of what he considers near-slanderous campaign tactics by Boswell.

      "My wife is not a candidate and I'm sick and tired of him trying to bring her into this," Printz said, explaining that Boswell had been very vocal in his opinion that it was a conflict of interest for the Mayor's wife to work for the town attorney. "We were concerned that it may have been a conflict of interest before she took the job and so we checked into it and found it wasn't."

      Printz explained that he had contacted two lawyers with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and a lawyer with the Institute of Government who all told him that his wife working for the town attorney was not a conflict of interest because the town paid the attorney, not the employees in his firm.

      Throughout his campaign, Boswell has maintained that he believes the council owes the residents answers regarding many decisions that have been made. Boswell says that he wants to serve as Mayor to make sure that the council is acting in the best interest of the residents and to make sure they are held accountable for their decisions.

      "I want to see the town council take back control of this town," he explained. "I've lived in Yanceyville my whole life and I don't like what I've been seeing the past couple of years."

      Curtis Davis and Margie Badgett-Lampkin are both seeking re-election to their Town Council seats. Ray McGuire and Keith Tatum are also vying for those seats.

      Curtis Davis began serving Yanceyville on the Sanitary District Board in 1979. He was Yanceyville's first Mayor when the town incorporated in 1986, a position he held for thirteen years until 1999.

      When asked what he was the proudest of during his years service, Davis laughed that he had seen a lot, but pointed to the construction of the waste water treatment plant as the most important.

      "Without that infrastructure this town couldn't grow," Davis explained. "That's been the most important thing for this community. The next thing is to extend the lines out to Providence."

      "Things that haven't been done, I'm continuing to work to get done," Davis said when asked if he had any disappointments in his service. "That's why I'm running for re-election."

      "Running a town is not cheap," Davis said when asked if he saw anywhere to cut town spending. "Providing services is going to cost you but you should spend the taxpayers' money wisely and I think this council has done that."

      Davis said that working together was key to the success of the town. "I think a person who runs for office ought to run because they want to improve the community. Hopefully whoever is elected can continue to work together for the betterment of the community. It takes people working together, even if you're not an elected official."

      Davis is currently employed with Thomas Brothers Oil and Gas Inc. He was recently appointed by the Caswell County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Farmer Lake Board.

      Margie Badgett-Lampkin is coming to the end of her first four-year term on the Yanceyville Town Council. She has served as Mayor Pro-Tem since 2003 and has been a teacher for twenty-eight years. Badgett-Lampkin is currently employed as a third grade teacher in the Danville Public School System.

      "I don't like to call myself a politician," she said. "I'm a public servant."

      Badgett-Lampkin said that the current council has worked on several key projects but she is proudest of the changes in the police department. "When I first went on the council I wasn't really satisfied with the police department," she explained. "I was an integral part of establishing a new interview process which included a team of three people. We hired Chief Gibson through that process."

      Badgett-Lampkin said she is proud of the police department now but expressed disappointment that there were not more African Americans on the police department.

      "We just have not had that many applicants and we only have so many positions available," she said. "I hope if I get re-elected I'll be able to continue working towards that."

      "I didn't vote for purchasing the Municipal Annex Building. I didn't think we could afford it," Badgett-Lamkin said when asked about town spending. "After we acquired it I could see where it could be a benefit but I think about the taxpayers, I think about the older people on fixed incomes. I'm not going to vote for things I don't think we can afford. I don't want to put a burden on people. I've never voted for a tax increase."

      "I take my role on the town council as seriously as I do my full-time job," she explained. "I research everything before I vote on it. If I haven't researched it or I'm not clear on it, I don't vote on it. You have to able to answer residents' questions. I do the best I can to protect the taxpayers. I think the council we have has been working well together for the past two years. We've done some really good things together."

      Badgett-Lampkin said she felt the council had been working well with the county and felt that the League of Government established in the past two years helped bring Yanceyville, Milton and Caswell County officials together to discuss issues.

      "I live where I love and I love where I live," she said. There's never a time when I'm not thinking about the people I serve when I make a decision. I'm elected to represent the people and I've done the best I can as a council member. I feel I've made good decisions and I haven't had many sleepless nights from the decisions I've made. I feel like I can make a difference."

      Ray McGuire may be new to politics but has a long history of service to the community. He retired from the Yanceyville Volunteer Fire Department in 1984 after twenty years and worked for twenty-three years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. He is currently semi-retired, still working at his self-owned business, R and M Garage.

      "I've never been in to politics," he explained. "But I'd like to see some changes for the better for the town and the taxpayers. I remember how this town used to be and I'd like to see more businesses come in to town to help out the tax base."

      McGuire said he thought that could be done by keeping tax rates low and providing businesses with better police protection.

      "The police used to get out and patrol the beat," he said. "They would talk to the people and talk to the merchants. I've had a lot of people tell me they feel like they're not getting the police protection they pay for."

      McGuire said that he would also like to see a reduction in sewer rates because he had seen a drastic increase in the sewer rates over the years that he feels is disproportional to the water rates.

      McGuire said he would also like to see a better working relationship between town and county officials.

      "I encourage everybody to get out and vote," McGuire said. "Because if they don't get out and vote there's no need to complain."

      Keith Tatum, who owns Tatum's Video, is also running for Town Council but Tatum is not new to politics, having served a four-year term on the council beginning in 1997.

      Tatum said that the action he was proudest of during his previous term on the council was getting the finances of the town in order.

      "The finances were in such a disarray the state wouldn't allow the town to borrow the money needed for the water plant," he said. "We were able to clean up the accounting mess that was there."

      Tatum said that his biggest disappointment was not getting to serve with his father longer, who was also a council member. "He didn't live long enough to see us straighten out the mess he knew was there," he said.

      Tatum maintains that the water treatment plant is a huge asset to the Town of Yanceyville.

      "We need to promote this water plant and get the rates lower," he explained. "Until we get these water rates down, we're not going to be able to get major water using industries in town."

      Tatum said he would like to see the town procure some grant money to help extend the water lines out into the county saying that more customers would mean lower rates.

      He also said that he believes the town could save a large amount of money by doing away with the police department. Tatum is suggesting turning the responsibility of police protection back over to the Sheriff's Office.

      "It will save us money, give us better police protection and the council can focus on other areas like water and sewer," he explained.

      He said that the town could give the Sheriff's Office $100,000 a year to cover the cost of two officers to be assigned to patrol the town between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

      Tatum said he is concerned about town spending. "We pay county taxes, we pay town taxes, we pay water bills," he said. "We don't need anymore. The people who pull the wagon, who pay the taxes, who pay the bills, need a break. The Town of Yanceyville is its people. I'm not afraid to speak out and let people know what's going on."

      Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, November 8.

      Source: The Caswell Messenger, 3 November 2005

      U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
      Name: Curtis E Davis
      Birth Date: 7 May 1938
      Phone Number: 694-4984
      Address: PO Box 393, Yanceyville, NC, 27379-0393 (1993)