Henry “Clay” Davis III of Laurel, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Christiana Care Hospital in Christiana.
Clay was born in Laurel, a son of the late Henry Clay Davis II and Allie (Prevette) Davis.
Clay attended the University of Delaware graduating with a BA in history in 1959. He then served his country in the United States Army, including a tour in Vietnam, attaining the rank of Major. After the Army, he attended Dickinson Law School and received his Juris Doctorate degree. He was a member of the Bar in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, DC. He became an accomplished lawyer, owning his own law firm in Georgetown. Clay retired in 2014.
Outside of his law practice, Clay filled his life with family activities, raising English Setters, writing short stories, hunting, fishing, and enjoying nature. He was happy in the fields, woodlands, and on the waters near his long time family home of Laurel.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Leslie A. (Riley) Davis of Laurel; his son, Daniel Curtis Davis and wife Cynthia (Shockley) of Laurel; his daughters, Mary Sharon Sheppard and husband Paul of Washington State and Gwenyth Ann Davis and husband Michael McVey of Seaford; his grandchildren, Katelyn Daugherty, Emily Davis Grabowski, Ben Sheppard and Josh Sheppard; a sister-in-law, Betsy (Lowe) Davis; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Davis and nephew, G. Roscoe Davis.
A celebration of life was held at the Laurel Fire Department on Sunday, June 2. The Rev. Ken Athey officiated. Interment was held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Ducks Unlimited.
Arrangements are in the care of Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, Laurel.