By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
OKOLONA – Furniture industry leaders were shocked and saddened by the death of Lynn Davis, a furniture industry leader whose roots ran deep in Mississippi.
Davis, 55, was among at least 33 people across the state who were killed during Wednesday’s deadly outbreak of tornadoes and storms.
According to reports, Davis was in his truck when the vehicle was thrown several miles into Monroe County, where the vehicle landed.
Davis, who headed upholstery furniture and case goods importer Davis International, was the co-founder of the Tupelo Furniture Market.
His competitors and colleagues were stunned by the news.
“It’s hard to believe,” said V.M. Cleveland, the chairman of the Tupelo Furniture Market and to whom Davis sold his Mississippi Complex to in 1988. “He was a great guy, a great friend. We did business together and he was always honorable, a good Christian man who always did what he said. He was a good man that will be sorely missed.”
“I’m shocked and saddened,” said Guy Lipscomb, chairman and CEO of Southern Motion. “He was a good friend, a good businessman.”
Said Mike Thomas, CEO of American Furniture, “It’s just unbelievable. I’ve known Lynn for a long time – 30-plus years. He was a leader in the Mississippi furniture industry for all that time. … he was one of the first here to begin importing back in the early 2000s; he was a pioneer.”
Ron Wanek, chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries, served with Davis on several industry boards.
“He was a good competitor and a nice businessman,” he said. “He was also involved with charities and very active and generous.”
After selling his stake in the Tupelo Furniture Market, he expanded his operations to High Point, N.C., where he bought and sold several buildings. He maintained ownership of the Centers of High Point.
Davis served on several boards, both nonprofit and furniture-related.
In 2005, he was given the Spirit of Life City of Hope Award. That same year, he also received the Clay County Economic Development Association’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in West Point. A private burial will follow in Holladay Cemetery.
Visitation will be today from 4 until 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Le Noir Cowboy Church, Bank First, P.O. Box 325, West Point, MS 39773.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at email@example.com.