Davis & Floyd, Inc. is deeply saddened to announce the loss of its founder, Emmett Irwin Davis, Jr., on Wednesday night. He was 87 years old.
“The loss of my father is devastating for both our family and the Davis & Floyd family that meant so much to him over the last 63 years,” said Stephen L. Davis. “My father was an extraordinary man of honor and faith, and he dedicated his life to serving his community and working hard every day to make South Carolina a better place. His absence will be felt by many, but I am proud that his legacy will continue to live on.”
Davis was born in Greenwood, SC, on May 24, 1929. He attended Greenwood High School and graduated from The Citadel in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduating, Davis returned to Greenwood and began working as a civil/structural engineer at Greenwood Mills while also serving with the Corps of Engineers, US Army Reserve for 12 years.
In 1954, he and co-worker Phil Floyd decided to start their own company. Davis & Floyd began operations from the back of a liquor store in Greenwood for 2 years before opening an office in Atlanta. The men returned to South Carolina in the 1960s, opening offices in Greenwood and Charleston.
Over the last 63 years, Davis & Floyd has grown from a two-man start up to becoming the largest, privately-owned engineering firm located in the state with 175 employees and five offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Greenwood.
He stayed active in his community through organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies, which awarded him the “Service to the Profession” award in 2008. He was awarded The Order of the Palmetto by SC Governor Mark Sanford, Presidential Medallion from Piedmont Technical College, and Palmetto Medal by The Citadel Board of Visitors. In March 2017, the Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina inducted him into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
His former leadership roles included director of United Telephone Company; chairman of Self Regional Healthcare Hospital; director of Self Family Foundation; member of Clemson University Engineering Advisory Board; director/president of The Citadel Development Foundation; and board member/chairman of Erskine College. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from The Citadel and Honorary Doctor of Science from Erskine College.
He was an Elder in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Greenwood. Davis was married to Mona Ruth Looper (deceased) and is survived by three children: Emmett I. Davis, III, Rebecca Ruth Davis Flack, and Stephen Looper Davis as well as five grandchildren.
About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis &Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.