Former Brenau University Trustee Charles Lewis “Charlie” Davidson, Jr., 89, died on July 26 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Davidson, who was a member of the Board of Trustees at Brenau from 1982-1987, was born on March 22, 1928, in Lithonia, Georgia, the elder of the two sons of Charles and Florre Jo Davidson. He graduated from Lithonia High School in 1945 and then went on to earn a degree in Industrial Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1949. While at Georgia Tech, Charlie was a member of The ANAK Society and the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity.
Shortly after graduation from Georgia Tech, Davidson met the love of his life, Sarah Cecelia “Cile” McCurdy, of Decatur. Despite the fact that Cile was a graduate of one of Georgia Tech’s archrivals, the University of Alabama where she led Alabama’s famous marching band as “Miss Alabama,” the couple married on December 21, 1950, and thereafter enjoyed more than 56 years of marriage together before Cile passed away on February 23, 2007.
Davidson’s business career was spent in the crushed aggregates industry, where he rose from a 12-year-old “water boy” to President of Lithonia-based Davidson Mineral Properties, Inc. and its affiliated entities, North Carolina Crushed Stone, Inc., the Gainesville and Athens Stone Companies and the Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Lithonia Railroad. After this group of companies grew to become Georgia’s second largest producer of construction aggregates, the business was sold in 1970 to Koppers Co., a NYSE-listed firm. In 1980, at the age of 52, Davidson retired from the aggregates business in order to spend more time with his wife and the couple’s four children.
A memorial service for Davidson will be held in the sanctuary at Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta at 11 a.m. Monday, August 7. Go to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.aspx?n=charles-lewis-davidson&pid=186232498&fhid=6307 for more information.