Arthur Beverly “Tom” Davies, III, 86, of Bath County, Virginia, died Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was born June 29, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of the late A. B. Davies, Jr. and Margaret Cake Davies.
Mr. Davies grew up in Clifton Forge. After graduation from high school he attended the University of Virginia until being called to active duty in the navy during WWII. He served as officer aboard the LST 672 in the Pacific Theatre, participating in the landings on Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. Mr. Davies continued as a reservist with Naval intelligence in Washington DC retiring with the rank of Commander. Upon discharge from the navy at the end of the war, Mr. Davies resumed his studies at the University of Virginia receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 and his Law Degree in 1949.
He then practiced law in Lynchburg serving as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for 4 years, and the balance of the time in private practice. On his death he was the senior partner in Davies & Davies, practicing with his younger son, Jonathan.
Mr. Davies was an active member of the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, the Lynchburg Bar Association (president in 1961) and the Alleghany, Bath, Highland Bar Association (president in 1996 & 1997), and a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit. He also served on the Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association’s, Joint Committee on Continuing Legal Education from 1972-1978, serving as chairman from 1975-78.
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Davies has served over the years with various organizations including the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the Lynchburg Museum, the Bath County Historical Society having served as President, the Lynchburg Kiwanis Club, Hill City Lodge #183, AF&AM, and the Cowpasture River Preservation Association (past President) and honored as a Steward of the River.
Mr. Davies was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia, where he served on the Vestry and was a past Senior Warden.
Mr. Davies was preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas E. Davies.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda L. Davies of Millboro, Virginia; two children, Arthur B. Davies IV & wife Nancy of Richmond, Virginia and Jonathan E. Davies & wife Yvonne of Lynchburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Anne, Sarah, Peter and Megan; three great grandchildren, Christopher, Michael and Katie; and his loyal aide & companion, Gene Patterson.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 26, 2011 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hot Springs, Virginia with The Reverend Doctor R. David Cox, officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the services at Garth Newell Music Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 779, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or to The Bath Community Hospital, P.O. Box Z, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.