R. Proctor Davis, Jr., 74, known as “Stanley the Clown” on local TV in the 1960s
R. Proctor Davis, Jr., of Columbia, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the age of 74. Born on Jan. 30, 1940, he was a son of the late Rufus Proctor and Genevieve Daniels Davis. Mr. Davis graduated from Dreher High School, class of 1958. He attended Newberry College and the University of South Carolina. A talented artist and prize-winning hairdresser, Mr. Davis worked as art director for WNOK and later for many years as the owner of Devine Fashions. He enjoyed many years of success at showing saddlebred horses. He was also known for his role as “Stanley the Clown” on local television during the early 1960s. Mr. Davis was a deeply faithful person and was a dedicated member of Trinity Church in Columbia. Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha P. Davis; daughters, Dina Campbell (David) and Merri-Proctor Gissendanner (Eric); grandchildren, Rachael, Jay, Ellen, Madison and Lacey; as well as a brother, Judge Michael Davis. The graveside service for Mr. Davis will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Kelly Cemetery, located on the 1500 block of Kathwood Drive. The family will greet friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Trinity Church, P.O. Box 9325, Columbia, SC 29290, or to Pets Inc., P.O. Box 6394, West Columbia, SC 29171. Please leave online condolences for the family at Shives Funeral Home. To view the most recent listing of Cola Daily obituaries, click here.