Kingsbury ‘King’ Davis, Realtor, Active in Haverhill Civic Groups, 86

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King Davis (Courtesy photograph)

Kingsbury (King) Davis, 86, died on Aug. 23 at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill. He was the youngest son of the late State Senator and Attorney John Bradford Davis and Edna Maxfield Davis. He was predeceased in death by his three brothers, Dr. John Bradford Davis Jr., Allan V.V. Davis and George S. Davis. He attended Haverhill Public Schools, Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H., Champlain College’s NYU branch in Plattsburg, N.Y., and took real estate courses at Boston University.

A U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany during the Korean Conflict, Davis owned and operated The King Davis Real Estate Agency with his partner Roger C. Chadwick for more than 50 years. The agency had offices in Haverhill, Bradford, Georgetown and Amesbury, as well as Plaistow, N.H. and Hampstead, N.H. He was a partner of Davis, Davis and Moody Insurance Agency, served as president of the Greater Haverhill Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service, was recognized by various Realtor organizations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was elected an honorary member of the North Shore Board of Realtors. Davis also helped establish the Haverhill and Rockingham, N.H. Board of Realtors’ Multiple Listing Service.

Davis was active in several Haverhill-based civic and community groups, with many honoring him for his service throughout the years. He was an incorporator of the former Haverhill Savings Bank; trustee of the Whittier Birthplace, Pentucket 5Cent Savings Bank, a director of BayBank Merrimack Valley and BayBank Middlesex, the Haverhill YMCA, trustee of the Baptist Religious Society in Haverhill, and chaired the Prudential Committee, Bradford College, Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill Historic Inc., Proctor Academy, and Haverhill Women’s City Club. He was a 60-year member and past president of the Haverhill Rotary Club, member of Saggahew Lodge A.F. & A.M., Fortnightly Essex Club, past president of the Greater Haverhill United Fund and Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

He chaired many fundraising campaigns over the years including the Isaac Merrill Foundation Park, United Way, Haverhill Historical Society, YMCA, First Baptist Church and VNA Hospice Home. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Haverhill Home Health VNA, now Merrimack Valley Hospice including the High Pointe House. During his tenure as president of the Haverhill United Fund, Davis assisted in the organization of Career Resources Corp.

Davis leaves behind his wife Suzanne (Poore) of Haverhill. They have three daughters and sons-in-law: Jennifer Davis and Christopher Newbury of Nahant, Cynthia Davis Jackson and Joshua Jackson of Merrimac and Kathryn Kingsbury Howard and James Howard of South Weymouth, as well as six grandchildren: Davis Kingsbury Jackson, Maxfield Geoffrey Jackson, Wesley Newbury, Victoria Davis Newbury, Jameson Kingsbury Howard and Georgianna Suzanne Howard. He also leaves a large extended family including many beloved and admired nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Davis is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St., Haverhill. At the family’s request, there will be no calling hours. Burial at Linwood Cemetery will be private. Arrangements under the direction of Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to a Greater Haverhill youth organization of your choice, Emmaus House, P.O. Box 568, Haverhill, MA 01831, or First Baptist Church (c/o Church Trustees), 217 Main St. Haverhill, MA 01830.

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