Thursday, February 19, 2009

Longtime CMS AD Davis dies at 65

For 30 years, H.K. Davis was a teacher, an athletics director and a coach in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He was 65 when he died Thursday morning of cancer.

“H.K.’s contributions to student-athletes and school communities are hard to put into words,” said CMS system AD Vicki Hamilton. “All you have to do is walk onto the schools where he worked and you will see where he’s placed his mark.”

Davis graduated from Mount Holly High in 1962 and from N.C. State in 1967, where he won the award for most outstanding math and science student.

Davis took a job at Harding in 1967 and was named teacher of the year in 1972. He eventually became athletics director at Harding and later opened Providence High, as athletics director, in 1989.

“He loved being in charge,” his wife, Ann, said. “He spent 22 good years at Harding and always felt a special affection for the school and people there, but Providence was his baby, uniquely his own.”

Davis, twice named CMS athletics director of the year at Providence. He oversaw one of the state’s most successful athletic programs there and literally helped build new sports facilities at the school.

North Mecklenburg athletics director Leroy Holden, 64, said Davis impacted a lot of lives in a positive way.

“H.K.’s one of those guys that was meticulous about his job and took such pride in his job and you wouldn’t have wanted a better athletic director,” Holden said. “He’d been fighting this cancer for three or four years, but he’d always say, ‘There’s people worse off than me.’ He’d never let you know he was sick. He would always praise God for the blessing he’s had. I’ll miss him. He’ll be very deeply missed. He was a special, special man.”

-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Mitchell said...

Mr. Davis was a very special person, and I consider it an honor to have known him. I was fortunate enough to know him on 2 levels in my life. Not only was he the AD of my high school (Providence 1991), he was also the father of my best friend. He will be missed dearly by all those whose lives he touched during the years. I am truly thankful that I can count myself in that number.