Former Tar Heel running back Charlie Davis died unexpectedly Friday Dec. 11.
Davis, 75, was born May 28, 1940 in Goldsboro, and was the son of the late Henry Thomas and Ruby Parish Davis. Charlie received a full scholarship, playing football for and graduating from Carolina.
“Charlie was a good player at UNC and a man among boys,” teammate Brent Milgrom remembers. “He was the guy that challenged Chris Hanburger to crawl up exterior bricks to Ehringhaus dorm top.”
He also played two years for the Washington Redskins in the NFL until an elbow injury sidelined him. Charlie served his country in the US Army and later became a graduate of Duke University's Divinity School. He became a United Methodist minister and ministered two churches in Maggie Valley while serving summers at Lake Junaluska.
Moving to Concord, he pastored three years at Center UMC, then served 13 years as chaplain at Stonewall Jackson Training School. He then served and retired as the N.C. Chaplain with the N.C. Dept. of Corrections. Following his retirement, Charlie served as part-time chaplain at Northeast Medical Center for five years. He was also very instrumental in starting an area homeless ministry.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Whitley's Funeral Home in Kannapolis, conducted by Larry Pittman and Jeff Bradshaw. The family will receive friends following the service until 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, 216 Patterson Avenue, SE, Concord, NC 28025.