Duane Joines Davis, age 73 of Sparta, NC passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his residence.

He was born October 2, 1945 in Alleghany County to the late Lonnie and Clyde Joines Davis. Duane grew up on a dairy farm where he learned the values that shaped his life. After graduating from Sparta High School in 1963, Duane attended NC State University. Duane received a BS in Biology. He became a teacher and taught for three years in Surry County. He returned to Alleghany and taught middle school math and science until he became assistant principal. He went on to serve Alleghany County Schools for 38 years, in the role of principal, assistant superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools. Under his leadership, Alleghany County Schools earned high marks for student achievement. Everything Duane worked toward was structured around “What’s good for kids.” Duane retired from the school system in 2005 and spent the next fourteen years serving the community through the organizations of which he was a member. Among those organizations were the Sparta Lions Club and Alleghany County Rotary Club. He served as Assistant Governor Rotary District 7680 from 2013-2016. He was President of the Alleghany County Group Homes, President of the Alleghany County Educational Foundation, and a member of the Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees.

He is survived by his wife, Pratt Isenhour Davis of the home; one daughter, Sabrina Diane Davis of Sparta; one son, Brian Davis of Greensboro; one sister, Lola Davis of Ennice.

The family requests the honor of your presence at the Celebration of Life service to honor the life of Duane at noon Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Sparta United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home and other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Duane Davis Scholarship Fund, Alleghany County Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 33, Sparta, NC 28675. The family would like to extend special thanks to Mountain Valley Hospice.

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