Lawrence D. Davis Sr., 44, cleaning crew supervisor

April 14, 2003

Lawrence Derwin Davis Sr., a cleaning crew supervisor, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Baltimore home on Presstman Street. He was 44.

Mr. Davis grew up in the city's Easterwood neighborhood near Sandtown-Winchester and graduated in 1976 from Carver Vocational Technical Senior High School, where he studied tailoring.

He went on to study physical education for children with special needs at Coppin State College. During his four years at college, Mr. Davis, known for his stylish dress, worked in three clothing stores in the area -- Gibson's on Pennsylvania Avenue and Robert C. Richard's and Rodman's at Mondawmin Mall.

Mr. Davis left college and went to work with his father, Sam Davis Jr. of Baltimore, at Chesapeake Paperboard Company. He also worked in construction before spending the past 10 years supervising cleaning crews for Abacus and Multicorp Commercial Cleaning companies.

Mr. Davis never let his 6-foot-3, 270-pound frame obscure a gentle, easygoing nature that drew people to him. He loved dogs and would often adopt strays.

"The remarkable thing about my brother was that he had so many different friends," said Samuel C. Davis, The Sun's assistant managing editor for sports, who lives in Owings Mills. "I was the one with my name in the paper and on television, but when I met people I was always Derwin's brother."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Christian Memorial Church, 2001 W. North Ave., where Mr. Davis was baptized in 1966.

In addition to his brother and father, Mr. Davis is survived by his mother, Mammie Davis; his longtime companion, Tracy Wainwright; a sister, Fran Wilder; a son, Lawrence Derwin Davis Jr.; a daughter, Kantrice Wainwright Davis; a stepdaughter, Shannon Reid; a granddaughter, a stepgranddaughter, four nieces and one nephew. All are of Baltimore.

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