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With great sadness we announce the passing of Laurance Howard Davis Jr. on March 17, 2020 after a sudden illness.

Laurance joins his beloved grandson, Brian Bundy, in Heaven.

Born on March 4, 1929 in Tampa, Laurance was a resident of Beaufort for over 75 years. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sarah Pinckney Davis, and his 3 children and spouses: Kathy, husband Robert Bundy; Larry, wife Gloria; and Carol, husband Jeff Hale. Laurance is also survived by his brother Wilbur Davis of N.C, his sisters, Gloria Lobaugh of T.X. and Mary Harding of N.C. Laurance has 4 surviving grandchildren, Sarah Davis, Charlie Body, Carly Shumate, and Bob Bundy. Laurance has 4 great-grandchildren through Bob and wife Heather; SarahBette, James, Hadley and Seanie: 4 great-grandchildren through Charlie and wife Mandy; Taylor, Haley, Bo, and Teddy plus a great-great-granddaughter, Charley; in addition, he has 3 great-grandchildren through Carly and Billy Shumate; Natalie, Nathan, and Kaylee.

Laurance graduated from Georgia Military College, a school for which he had the highest regard. After initially working in retail sales, he spent much of his career working in real-estate sales and development. In 1978, Laurance was chosen as Realtor of the Year by the Beaufort County Board of Realtors. During his career, he sat on Boards of Directors for local businesses, was a founding member of the Savings Bank of Beaufort, and served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Carteret Street United Methodist Church.
Laurance died at home surrounded by his family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A private service was held on March 20, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carteret Street United Methodist Church (408 Carteret St., Beaufort SC 29902), Georgia Military College (Georgia Military College Foundation, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, GA 31061-9977) or The Salvation Army (PO Box 105, Beaufort, SC 29901).

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  1. Doug & Kathy Rudy says:

    Carol, Sending loving thoughts for the loss of your father. I know you will miss him everyday, but he will never be far from you. Your memories will keep him close.
    Prayers to you and your family xoxo

  2. Don and Ann Vishy says:

    Our family is deeply saddened at the loss of this kind, generous, lovely man. He was my quiet but much loved uncle and gentleman and he will be so missed. Hugs, love and sympathy to Sarah, Kathy, Larry and Carol and all the extended family. I will treasure all of my many fond memories of Laurance.

    Ann Vishy

  3. Betty and John Elliott says:

    We are so sorry for your loss ! The family is in our thoughts and prayers!

  4. Nick Hunt says:

    Very sad to hear this. Laurence was an amazing man and friend. One of the only people in Beaufort who knew my father. Rest in peace, friend.

  5. Drema Brantley says:

    Sarah and family, I am so sorry for your loss. .Laurance was a caring respected man in Beaufort.
    We lost another Beaufort icon.
    My love and prayers are with all your family .

  6. Shay and Nancy Pinckney says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Laurances passing. Sending love and prayers your way Davis family. May your fond memories of him keep him close.

    Shay and Nancy

  7. Tama Van Wie says:

    Carol and family we am so sorry to hear this news. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love, Paul and Tama

  8. Charles Webb says:

    Quite a Fine Gentleman. Always a pleasure to work with and an asset to our community. God Bless All. Charley

  9. Brian and Kathy says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Brian and kathy

  10. Charlene Shufelt says:

    Dear Kathy and Family, I am sincerely sorry to hear of your loss. Keep your memories close to your heart and he will be with you always.

  11. Teresa Lowe says:

    Kathy and Family, I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Mr Davis. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Teresa Lowe

  12. Madelyn Roehrig says:

    Your father’s life on earth is now his joyful life in heaven. Your father is with all of his ancestors and family and also my son who went to heaven 4 years ago. Hugs

  13. Ginger and Dave Olszewski says:

    Dave and I send condolences and prayers. Holding your family close to our hearts at this very sad time.

  14. Ronny Tanner says:

    So sorry to hear of Laurence passing.
    Beaufort is a much better place today due to his efforts and leadership.
    Prayers for your entire family.
    He leaves quite a legacy.
    Thankful to have known him.


  15. John Dayner says:

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Remember all the good times. Our prayers are with your family and with you.

  16. Claude Dinkins says:

    So sorry to hear of Lawrence’s passing. He was a very kind and passionate man. He was always fair in all our business dealings over the years. My condolences to the family. My prayers are with you in the days to come. With humble heart, Claude

  17. Duncan Fordham says:

    My deepest sympathy. Laurence was one of the absolute finest gentlemen I have ever known. He was a pillow of strength in the Carteret St United Methodist Church. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace our friend.

  18. Connie & Eddie Hipp says:

    So sorry to hear this. A wonderful gentleman with such a big heart for his family and community. Keeping your family in our prayers

  19. Lou & Debby Pinckney says:

    Our deepest sympathy for Sarah and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Norma Duncan says:

    I am so very sorry to read of Lawrence’s passing..he was a giant among men..he loved his family and community without measure..he was always ready to give a helping hand to those in need..our community has llost a warrior. My deepest sympathy to all of his family.

  21. John & Kay Harris says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Laurence. He was such a loving man. He will be missed by so many. He did so much for this community.
    Please know that our prayers are with you all during this sad time.

  22. Verna Scott says:

    It was my privilege to know Laurence and call him my friend. He was always willing to stop and share life! So sorry, he will be missed.

  23. Bob & Alicia Story says:

    Laurance was a such a warm and gentle soul. Our deepest sympathies to Sarah and the entire family.

  24. Fran & Vince Bollino says:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss, Kathy. What wonderful times your family has had with your dad — so many trips and family gatherings. Our prayers are with you at this time.

  25. Melinda Pinckney Bell says:

    So sorry to hear of Lawrence passing.My thoughts and prayers for Sarah and family.

  26. Jackie & Paul Griffin says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of this highly respected gentleman. God bless all.

  27. Charlie Dodge says:

    A truly honorable and humble man who did so much to make Beaufort a better home for us all. A wonderful mentor who always had time to talk. I will miss our conversations. Best to all his family.

  28. Richard & Terrea Parker says:

    Keeping the entire family in our prayers. Mr. Davis was such a wonderful, kind and loving man. Many years growing up, he was
    always giving and caring of his time with the youth, wonderful memories. Our hearts are saddened with your loss but rejoice
    in knowing he is with our lord.

  29. Hope Cappelmann says:

    Saddened to hear of the passing of Lawrence. Thoughts and prayers for Sarah, family and friends.

  30. Wallace Thomas says:

    Lawrence sure set a great example of a fine family man, gentleman and great leader in the Beaufort community. He had a visionary talent for progressive advances in the community with his business and his long time active leadership with Carteret Street Methodist Church and the Salvation Army. He really was a pioneer in the area of “Affordable Housing” with the many developments that came to existence under his leadership. A true ICON in the Beaufort real estate community that brought the first real estate franchise to the Beaufort area. What a pleasure to have known him and having worked for him for many years.

  31. Elizabeth Santagati says:

    I am sadden by the lost of Laurence Davis. A kind considerate man who was never to busy to greet you with a smile. A person who was kind and a good listener. My prayers go to the family because I understand your lost but know that the spirit is of God and lives forever. Just know that he will watch over you from Heaven. I pray for your peace at this time and I am thankful to have known him.

  32. Shelby Appleby says:

    Dear Davis family, I am so sorry . Laurence was a wonderful person, realtor, and friend. I worked with him several times and found him to be helpful and just a great man. I know he will be missed because he has such a loving family. God be with you.

  33. Jane Miller says:

    Tom and I were so sorry to hear about Mr. Davis. My heart is breaking. I always enjoyed our time together. He was such a gentleman who loved his family, church, and friends. We will always cherish the long friendship we have had with Mr. and Mrs. Davis and their family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. Tim & Gwen Sutton says:

    Dear friends,
    Gwen and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. LH Davis. Such a blessing and such a friend he was to us during our time as the head of the SalvationArmy in the early 80s. Always such a great supporter and encourager of the work we were called to do. Even 30 years later he continued to support and encourage usLong after we departed South Carolina. We send special prayers and condolences to his children and family. Also Praying and lifting up sister Sarah his dear wife. May God richly bless each of you. Be encouraged in the words of the New Testament which states for the believer in Christ “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”

    God bless
    Rev. Tim and Gwen Sutton

  35. Roxanne Cheney says:

    I didn’t know until I saw the new rock under the memorial tree on the Spanish Moss Trail earlier this week. I’m so sorry for your loss, Mr. Davis was so lovely to my mother (Mary Waters) and me .. just as he was to everyone. He will be missed.

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