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Charles Lewis Davidson, Jr.

Charles Lewis Davidson, Jr.
  • March 22, 1928 - July 26, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Northside United Methodist Church
    2799 Northside Drive, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30305
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Beacon Hospice
    501 Wando Park Blvd, Ste. 100
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Bethel United Methodist Church
    57 Pitt Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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The 1975 State STAR Student as of today. “I was so saddened to hear of Mr. Davidson's passing. His generosity made an indelible mark on my life. I was the 1975 State STAR Student and the...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Brent Laminack - Winder, GA

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING YU A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17.17 ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“I am very sorry for your loss. I also lost my father one year ago this month. The entire family will be in my prayers. I am currently in Europe and...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: John Oxendine - johns creek, GA

“Charlie and Cile were two of our most devoted friends.Carl, Cile and Charlie have left a void in my heart. There wasno more devoted friends as...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Betty Foy Sanders - Atlanta, GA

“My deepest sympathy to the Davidson family and friends for your loss. May you find strength in the God of all comfort during this difficult time. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So so sorry for your loss...my mother passed away July 23rd! I'm overwhelmed as I'm sure you are...love, cousin julie ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Boeshans - San diego, CA

“It was always enjoyable to spend time talking with Charlie and an immense pleasure seeing Cile at our Rotary Club events in Naples. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Chuck Vitale - Naples, FL

“I have wonderful childhood memories of the handsome and debonair Charlie Davidson and his beautiful wife, Cecilia. I loved those 2 weeks we spent...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Cathy Keeler - Atlanta, GA

“Leigh, Chip, Reid, Rob and family,One of my wonderful buddies has passed on, and what a great guy he always was. He always wanted to be called ...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Leon Rice - Murrells Inlet, SC

“To Leigh, Rob , Reid, Chip Thank you for sharing your dad with me. It was a great privilege to be his caregiver and even though only short time it...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Lynn Dearing - Ladson, SC

“All the Mangets were saddened to hear of Mr. Davidson's passing. Our hearts go out to all the families. Charlie and Cile Davidson were long-time...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Fred Manget - Jasper, GA

“The Gardner Family is saddened by your loss. Charlie was a friend and a neighbor in Duluth for years. The world has lost a good father and friend. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Jerry & Charlotte gardner - GA

“I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. And also may your family find comfort love and strength and with the loving support of family and ...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Thea

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends in your hour of grief. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Charles A

“So sorry for your loss,he will be greater miss by so many.May the love of family and friends bring you comfort,alone with God words at 2 Cor. 1:3 -5. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: - GA

“Chip, Donna, Reid, Rob and Leigh,Charlie was a grand friend to me and my family. I treasure the memories from Lake Lanier, the sand beach and skiing...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: James Shepherd - Atlanta, GA

“Chip, Donna, Reid, Rob and Leigh. My sincere condolences. I know prayer and fond memories will hold you up as you celebrate Charles' life. I treasure...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: James Shepherd - Atlanta, GA

“Dear Chip, Rob, Reid and Leigh, and families,I was so sad to read today in the paper your Dad had passed away. He was so supportive and kind to me...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: CAROL KRANIG - atlanta, GA

“Leigh-bo, I'm so thinking of you now. You loved your daddy like I loved mine..All of my prayers and thoughts are with you and your wonderful family&...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Sharon Mitchell - Lubbock, TX


Charles Lewis "Charlie" Davidson, Jr., 89, passed away peacefully on July 26th in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Charlie was born on March 22, 1928 in Lithonia, Georgia, the elder of the two sons of Charles and Florre Jo Davidson. He graduated from Lithonia High School in 1945 and then went on to earn a degree in Industrial Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1949. While at Georgia Tech, Charlie was a member of The ANAK Society and the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.

Shortly after graduation from Georgia Tech, Charlie met the love of his life, Sarah Cecelia "Cile" McCurdy of Decatur, GA. Despite the fact that Cile was a graduate of one of Georgia Tech's arch rivals, the University of Alabama, where she led Alabama's famous marching band as "Miss Alabama", the couple married on December 21, 1950 and thereafter enjoyed more than 56 years of marriage together before Cile passed away on February 23, 2007.

Charlie's business career was spent in the crushed aggregates industry, where he rose from a twelve-year-old "water boy" to President of Lithonia-based Davidson Mineral Properties, Inc. and its affiliated entities, North Carolina Crushed Stone, Inc., the Gainesville and Athens Stone Companies and the Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Lithonia Railroad. After this group of companies grew to become Georgia's second largest producer of construction aggregates, the business was sold in 1970 to Koppers Co., a NYSE-listed firm. In 1980, at the age of 52, Charlie retired from the aggregates business in order to spend more time with his wife and the couple's four children. Following his retirement, Charlie split his time between Atlanta, Highlands, NC and Naples, FL, where he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and hunting with his friends and family. During those years, his social memberships included the Commerce Club, East Lake Country Club and the Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in Highlands, and Royal Palms Country Club in Naples. In the final years of his life, Charlie moved to South Carolina where he lived near his daughter and her family in both Kingstree and Charleston.

Charlie's many civic and philanthropic activities included board and leadership positions at institutions such as Brenau Women's College, Wesley Homes, the United Way, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Charlie was a longstanding member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, where he served a term as President and also maintained 50+ years of perfect attendance. Charlie also served as President of the Georgia Freight Bureau as well as of the American Automobile Association (AAA) Club of Georgia. Early in his professional life, Charlie was selected as DeKalb County's "Outstanding Young Man" by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and as one of Georgia's five "Outstanding Young Men" by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Years later while serving on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce board, Charlie headed its STAR Student Program and established and funded the four-year Davidson-McCurdy STAR Scholarship, a college scholarship given annually for twenty years to Georgia's top public high school graduate. Because he was an accomplished and life-long sportsman and conservationist, Charlie was appointed to serve on the Georgia Game and Fish Commission by four Georgia governors and, upon completion of his term as Chairman of the Commission, he received from then-Governor Jimmy Carter an award recognizing him for his many contributions to the Commission's important work, including in particular its support of the state's acquisition of almost 8,000 acres on Sapelo Island for scientific and public preservation purposes. In addition, Charlie was instrumental in arranging for the gift to DeKalb County by his family of the initial 500+ acres which created the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve near Lithonia, and he also made the lead gift that led to the construction of the Davidson Natatorium at Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, GA.

Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Cile, and his only sibling, Everett Davidson, and he is survived by his four children, Charles Lewis "Chip" Davidson, III (and his wife, Donna), Robert McCurdy "Rob" Davidson, Reid Holmes Davidson (and his wife, Stephanie), Leigh Davidson Connolly (and her husband, Duffy), eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Charlie will be held in the sanctuary at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta (2799 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305) on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to either Northside United Methodist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church (57 Pitt Street, Charleston, SC 29401) or Beacon Hospice (501 Wando Park Blvd., Suite 100, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29494).