Former NAACP leader dies


When Stanley Brown and members of Brothers United Who Dare to Care were working to incorporate in 1996, it was only natural they asked Donald E. Davis Sr. to participate.

A former president of the Washington County Chapter of the NAACP, Davis was known as a forthright man who spoke out against inequality and violence, said Brown.

Davis, 66, of Jonathan Street, died on Sunday from congenital heart disease at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

"He was a very strong advocate for the needs of the black community," said Brown.

He said Davis provided his committee with advice and guidance.

"He helped us to focus," he said.

Brown said Davis earned the respect of the community through his advocacy and down-to-earth attitude.

"He never minced words. He was always up front and made his points crystal clear," he said.

"He was inspirational to many of us and I will miss him," said Brown.


Kevin Lee, treasurer for the group, said he admired Davis and considered him a friend.

"We would sit and talk about world and local events - and what we could do to change things," he said.

Vocal about the growing violence and drug activity in the area where he lived, Davis was active in local organizations including the Goodwill Association and the HotSpot committee.

"He was very committed and very vocal about his concerns for community," said Hagerstown City Police Chief Dale Jones.

Jones said "he had an impact and he was always one to speak his mind."

Davis served as president of the local NAACP branch for 10 years before stepping down for health reasons, according to treasurer Tracey Brown.

"He was very stern and opinionated and loved his community. He stood for equality," she said.

Tracey Brown, who was unsure what years Davis held office, said he was a role model in the community.

"He believed in equal rights for everybody and standing up for what you believe in," she said.

Davis had been employed by Mack Trucks for 12 years as a machine operator and by the Western Maryland Railway as a brakeman.

An avid bowler and pool player, Davis was a member of the Sunday Night Go-Getters and the Washington County Independent Pool League.

His younger sister, Ruth Monroe, said Davis was the one to encourage her to bowl and use a cue stick.

It is her brother's loving nature and sense of humor that she will remember the most, said Monroe.

"He kept you laughing and you always knew when he was around you would have fun," she said.

Davis had a strong sense of family that he worked to instill in his children, said his daughter Donna.

"It was important to him that we stay close," she said.

"He was the kind of person that no matter what the problem was, if you felt you were right and could prove it he would go to bat for you," she said.

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