Willie Davis, the Democrat representing Dorchester County’s District 1 on County Council, passed away on July 26. He had just turned 68 two weeks prior on July 11. His wife of 38 years, Joyce, and their children were present with Davis at his time of departure.
Davis served as councilman of District 1, covering the upper portion of Dorchester County, since 1991. He was unopposed in this election year, and hadn’t faced election opposition since 2006.
“Councilman Davis was a giant in Dorchester County and the State of South Carolina,” says Sean Wilson, chair of the county’s Democratic Party. “He fought for better opportunities and equal rights.
“He was a dedicated member of the party and will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and constituents.”
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC-6) also offered condolences. “I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my good friend, Councilman Willie Davis. (He) served the citizens of Dorchester County with honor and distinction for 27 years.”
A native of St. George, S.C., Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Claflin University and a master’s in counseling from South Carolina State. He worked in Colleton County schools as a teacher and administrator for 36 years. After retiring from education, Davis continued as personal mentor and counselor to local youth.
His other contributions to the community and its residents include roles as former president of the St. George NAACP, and member of the Rosenwald School Board of Directors and Dorchester Seniors Inc.