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Charles M. Davis

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Published: January 24, 2017

Charles M. Davis, MD, 77, died peacefully at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock on January 21, 2017. He was born April 25, 1939 in Newport, Arkansas, son of Charles and Minnie Davis. He grew up in Brinkley with his aunts, Mollie and Rubye Davis, who loved him as their own, and strongly influenced his spiritual character and personal development. He graduated from Harding Academy in 1957, then attended Harding University. He was given a track scholarship to UA-Fayetteville, and after graduation, earned a medical degree from UAMS in 1965. He completed a dermatology residency at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1970. Dr. C.H. McKnight of Brinkley, Dr. John W. Morris of McCrory, Fred Pickens of Newport, and Brick Lile of Little Rock were among his mentors who provided formative inspiration and guidance through his early years and medical career.

His academic appointments include: National Consultant in Dermatology Chief; Dermatology Research Acting Chairman at Wilford Hall USAF Regional Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas; Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio, Texas; Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology; Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, UAMS. He was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and was awarded the USAF Commendation Medal.

Charlie was preceded in death by his first wife, Sally McGregor Davis, and by his parents, Charles and Minnie Davis. Survivors include his wife, former Chief Justice Betty Dickey, his daughter, Sarah Davis Walsworth (Jamie) and their children, Cooper, Davis, and Rubye Ann, his brother, Raymond Davis (Peggy), half-sister, Carol O'Connor, his stepchildren, John Dickey, Laura Campbell, Ted Dickey, and Rachel Haithcoat and their spouses and children, his niece, Debbie Good (Jeff). Honored guests include Doctors from his UAMS graduating class, colleagues from Pine Bluff, the UAMS Dermatology doctors with whom he practiced and especially the medical students whom he taught.

Charlie loved his family, his teaching and dermatology practice, duck hunting, farming and quietly helping others. He was known as Charles or Charlie, "depending on where you knew him from," but his oldest friends and grandchildren affectionately called him "Bubba". Charlie was a humble, kind man, deeply spiritual, with a gentle, sometimes sarcastic, wit. His quiet unassuming manner belied his brilliant analytical ability. He was defined by his deep abiding love and loyalty to his family and friends and will be missed by all.

Services are Wednesday, January 25th, 11 a.m., Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72223, Reverend Shelby Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Committal services are 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cotton Plant (Arkansas) Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Chappell, Dr. C.D. Williams, Dr. Milton Hughes, Dr. James Clark, Dr. Dale Morris, Dr. Jay Martin, Alan Morris, Brad Morris, George Dunklin, and Dr. Bo Busby. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Exodus Project, 3700 65th Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72209; Ducks Unlimited Memorials, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tennessee 38120; or Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery, attn.: Sue Reeves, 185 South 3rd Street, Cotton Plant, Ark. 72036. Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.

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Having loved Bubba since the day I was born I wanted to share my feelings. I am Carolyn (Davis) Slaughter. My Parents were Willa Mae (Monroe) and George Charles (G.C.) Davis. My Daddy's Mother was Mollie and his only Sister (my only Aunt) was Rubye Davis. I had an incredibly blessed childhood with these loving Family members in my life. Bubba was 15 years older than myself and as a young child he was my Hero and as an adolescent he became my Mentor. I adored him and looked so forward to being with him at every Family Thanksgiving and Christmas. My Parents' Families would always be together and Bubba (even through college was always in attendance and the life of any and every gathering). When I was about 7 years old at Christmas Bubba so proudly came in carrying this large doll lamp and her dress was the lamp shade; all huge, pink and frilly and he apologized many times because he said he had no idea how to wrap her but so lovingly handed it to me and said "Merry Christmas, Princess". Little girls don't ever forget something like that. I also loved to ride in the car with him; sitting in the passenger seat and watching him drive and talk to me face-to-face. Many of you that have ever ridden with Bubba knew that he always liked to talk to you eye-to-eye and it didn't matter if you were the passenger or in the back seat. I loved that about him and was amazed that we always arrived safely. Even one time he closed his right eye (I'm in the passenger seat) as we were going up over the bridge in Brinkley and he said "see Carolyn, I can even drive with my eyes closed?!" Yet one other thing that little girls never forget.

Sarah, he loved, worshiped and adored everything about you. You were truly blessed with Bubba as your Daddy and having just had the distinct pleasure of being with your 3 incredible children; Cooper, Davis and Rubye Ann I can definitely see the pride and love that Bubba had for your and Jamie's parenting skills. Truly wonderful children, Sarah and Jamie.

Betty, such a privilege to meet you this past October as well. It did my heart and soul so very much good to see Bubba so happy in his life. Thank you so much for that and for always being by his side. I am just sorry that your time with him was too short.

Bubba was an Icon, a Mentor, a Leader, an Inspiration to so very many and he will be sorely missed in my life and countless others. I was blessed and honored to have known and been a part of his great life.

January 24, 2017 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anita Paddock says...

I knew Bubba in the sixties and spent one Thanksgiving with him and Sally at Cotton Plant. Bubba was very kind and very smart. That is what I remember about him, which is the way most of us would like to be remembered.

I extend my sympathy to his family, especially Betty whom I have always admired. I'm sorry her halcyon days with Bubba ended so soon.

January 25, 2017 at 11:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )