Percy P. Davis
Percy P. Davis
URI Rams, Vets basketball player
Percy P. Davis Jr., 55, of Fort Washington, Md., formerly of Noyes Street, Warwick, passed away February 27, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was the husband of Beverly (Orem) Davis.
Born in Warwick on Aug, 27, 1956, he was the son of the late Barbara J. (Holden) Davis and Percy P. Davis Sr. Percy was a star player on the great 1977-78 URI Rams ECAC New England Champions and NCAA Tournament team that lost in Charlotte, N.C., 63-62, to eventual NCAA runner-up Duke. After URI, he attended Saint Mary's University (S.M.U.) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he was an All-AUAA and All-Canadian Player, helping to lead his team to C.I.A.U. National Championship in 1979. This SMU team is in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the S.M.U. Hall of Fame, and will be inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame this summer. In the summer of 1979, he signed a contract to play professional basketball in Portugal, where he was a top tier player.
After Portugal, Percy played in the Continental Basketball Association (C.B.A.) for the Maine Lumberjacks and Alberta Gold Dusters, where his basketball prowess became legendary. He was an extraordinary leaper, defensive player and an explosive offensive player. In the summer of 1981, Percy made the Washington Bullets roster and played through the exhibition season, but was waived just before the start of the regular season. Undaunted, he signed a contract to play in the Philippines with the team Great Taste and had a fantastic three years in Manila. He then signed to play in Ghent, Belgium for the team Melda Ghent, where he was consistently a top-flight European star. After retiring from professional basketball, Percy continually worked with youth and adults as an ambassador to the game. He helped many college players after graduation continue their careers overseas.
Besides his wife, survivors are his children, Lynell D. Davis, Esq., Sean A. Sherrod, Parress A. Davis and Percy P. Davis III. His siblings, Shirley M. Davis, Pearl S. Rezendes and her husband, Edward, Linda A. Carew, Ronald E. Davis and his wife, Lysa, Christine M. Jones and her husband, Richard, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Deborah (Lopes) Watson.
Percy's smile and positive attitude was infectious. He always could get it done, a shining star that will always be loved and missed.