It is with deep regret that we have to announce the passing of our brother, Sir Knight Hank Davis. Hank was a founding member of All Saints Council 15706, a past member of Council 5207 and Assembly 1083. He was a member of All Saints Parish.
Henry John Davis, 72, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on December
14th, 2020 due to blood infection/sepsis.
Hank -- as WE all called him -- grew up in Cleveland, Ohio with his brother
Marty. Dragging Marty back and forth to the ballfield, Hank used to carry him
on his bicycle. Then, one day, Marty stuck his foot in the spokes and they
went tumbling over the handlebars. But, he kept playing with a broken collar
bone. Everyone who knew Hank, knew how much he loved the game.
He met Cindy, his wife at 15 and they never looked back, staying married for
53 years. None of his accomplishments below would have been possible
without her help, commitment, support, and most of all 3 excellent meals per
Describing him as a hard worker is an understatement. He got a BBA and
MBA in Accounting at Cleveland State, a Post Grad Certificate at Case
Western Reserve, and passed his CPA on the first go. Using his degrees, he
served the country as a Marine. His studies lasted his entire career racking up
more certificates like CMA and CIRM. His desire for constant progress and
learning was ingrained deeply in him.
He had a very successful business career. He spent nearly 25 years at
Reliance Electric achieving Group Controller status, reporting to the Corporate
CFO. Circa 2000, he desired to run his own practice and help people so he
bought a small tax practice in Knoxville, Tennessee -- a place he fell in love
with during one of Kurt’s baseball tournaments. He grew that practice to 30+
offices before retiring. No doubt, his success was due to his tenacity and
desire to succeed and help others along the way. His hard work, continuous
learning, and entrepreneurial risk taking are things that left an indelible mark
on others around him and certainly his son, Kurt.
Hank was a fervent supporter of the community whether through coaching
sports teams, volunteering at Church, or helping out with Youth. He coached
many sports teams that Kurt, Seth, and Kristie participated on. He was Board
of Directors at Greenville Junior Achievement and most recently, a Treasurer
at the Knights of Columbus in Knoxville and previously in Ohio and South
Besides the baseball field, Hank’s happy place was on his boat with his family.
He was a member of the American Boating Club where he was past
Commander, Lieutenant Commander, Junior Navigator, and Treasurer. He is
survived by his wife, Cynthia; daughter, Kristie; daughter, Karrie; son, Kurt;
niece and great grandson, Haley and Damoni; nephew, Seth; nieces, Madison
and Izabella. He loved his family dearly and gave his life to support them even
through all of the difficulties they had.
His last words of advice were, “Do the best with what you have and let God
take care of the rest.”