February 22, 1939 - May 18, 2020 Dr. Lenwood G. Davis was the epitome of a Renaissance man. He could build a shed, edit his latest book project, help fix a neighbor's roof and teach his university classall in the same day. Lenwood "Buddy" Davis, 81, entered into God's throne room on May 18, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem. Lenwood was born February 22, 1939 to Lucy Mae and James Howard Davis. He spent his childhood in Beaufort, NC and received his B.A. and M.A. from North Carolina Central University (Durham). He was a veteran of the United States Army and later received his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh) and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Ghana, Africa and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Known within the academic community as "The World's Most Prolific Living Bibliographer" and a renowned historian, Dr. Davis devoted his 50-year career to teaching and scholarly work, which included presenting in over 40 states, as well as writing 26 books and over 100 articles. He began his career as an instructor of history at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC. Most recently, he was a retired professor from Winston-Salem State University, where he taught and received numerous academic honors for over 30 years. He became professor emeritus in the Department of History at WSSU in 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Janie of Winston-Salem; daughter, Tatia Davis of Durham, NC; stepsons, James (Michelle) Miller of Locust Grove, Georgia; Bryant (Tiffany) Miller of Kernersville, NC and Darryl Miller of Winston-Salem; niece Bonita Banks of Wilmington; two nephews, Nick Becton (Dale) of Wilmington, NC and Damian Carter (Peggy) of Elon, NC; sisters-in-law, Mary (Bishop Ricky) Wilson of Kernersville, NC and Theresa (Rodney) Rosser of Mt. Airy, NC; brothers-in-law, William (Sonya) Clement of Middlebury, Florida, James (Margaret) Miller of Winston-Salem, and Donald Miller of Salisbury, NC. He is also survived by his great-nieces, Brittany Carter of Elon and Bernkia Banks of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; great-nephew, Nicholas Becton (Sara) of Wilmington, NC; great-great-niece Asia Rochelle Banks of Wilmington; great-great nephews, Rocco and Nicco, Becton of Wilmington. His parents, two sisters, Armentine "Tina" Davis Banks and Katherine Carter, grandmother, Beulah Pickett and stepdaughter, Coffey (Edward) Sparks of Riverdale, Georgia preceded him in death. Online condolences may be sent to www.hooperfuneralhome.net.
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