Walter C. Davis

January 15, 1960 - October 8, 2012
Walter C. Davis

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Walter Cleveland Davis, 52, died unexpectedly at his home in Bat Cave, NC last week. He is preceded in death by his natural parents, Richie and Margaret Davis and his adopted parents, Cotton and Claudette Whitlock, as well as his half-sister, Tani Heidenreich, and brother, Bill Burchette.

During his 30+ years as a resident of Henderson County, Waltís careers included innkeeper of the Old Mill in Bat Cave, postal delivery mailman for the Hot Springs area, a waiter at several upscale Asheville restaurants and, most recently, as a lead server at the Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock. From an early age, Walt was a gifted artist with special interest in arts and crafts, music and painting.

Walt grew up in Spartanburg, SC. He was a 1978 graduate of Spartanburg HS and was a National Merit Scholarship recipient. He attended the University of South Carolina Honor College in Columbia, SC.

He is survived by his brothers, William Davis, Joe Burchette Jr. and Pete Whitlock, as well as half siblings, Jean Farnsworth, Rich Davis and Cheryl and Robert Heidenreich. Walt was a kind and generous soul who was loved by many and will be missed by all.

A celebration of his life will be held from 6-8pm Monday, October 22, 2012 at the Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WNCAP Organization (, PO Box 2411, Asheville, North Carolina 28802-2411.


Monday, October 22, 2012
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Esmeralda Inn - Directions
910 Main Street
Chimney Rock, NC 28720

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  • October 18, 2012
    Betty Theiss & Lynn Hugo says:
    My daughter and I had the pleasure of two delightful lunches at Esmeralda's with Walt as our server. These are memories we will long cherish.

  • October 18, 2012
    Bruce McGee says:
    Walt Davis was a good friend to me for alot of years. He'd come by my house just to say Hi nearly every time he came to Asheville. He was a gentle soul and will be missed by me, and all his friends.

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  • October 18, 2012
    Mark Doucet says:
    Walt was a kind, generous and thoughtful man who will truly be missed by all who knew him. I will miss his warmth and his funny little laugh. I will hold you close to my heart forever my friend and your memory I will cherish.

  • October 19, 2012
    Eric Hoyle says:
    Thanks for all the many great times we shared in Asheville. You really will be a great addition to the big sky, thanks in advance for shining down on this world.