Robert Lee Davis Sr., a retired Chestertown real estate broker and former Kent County commissioner, died Monday at the Chester River Manor nursing home of progressive supernuclear palsy, a rare disorder. The Chestertown resident was 82.
Born in Kent County's Broad Neck, he was a 1940 graduate of Chestertown High School and later that year enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served through World War II.
Returning to Chestertown in 1945, he purchased the Tydol gas station on Maple Avenue, which he operated until 1970.
A Democrat, he was elected county commissioner and served from 1970 to 1974. He also had been a justice of the peace many years ago.
In 1957, he founded Davis Real Estate and was an agent and broker until his retirement in 1985. He also managed the Colonial Manor Apartments in Chestertown for 32 years, and owned a Bell Rose grain farm.
He was a past commander of the Frank M. Jarman American Legion post. He helped build the post's headquarters on Morgnec Road and later its new home on American Legion Drive in Chestertown.
He was also a member of Chestertown Elks Lodge, Christ United Methodist Church, an American Legion society known as the 40 & 8, the Kent County Farm Bureau, the Bay Area Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He was a charter member of the Kent County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
He had earned a pilot's license in 1948, and flew for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Sammy Lynn Lieupo; two sons, Robert Lee Davis Jr. of Chestertown and Richard Kirkland Davis of Las Vegas; a daughter, Carol Davis Aplington of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Richard S. Davis and C. Franklin Davis, both of Chestertown; three sisters, Ruth D. Bailey and Margaret D. Walbert, both of Chestertown, and Elizabeth D. Anderson of Fort Myers, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.