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Davis Reeves Poplin

September 18, 1926 — April 15, 2023

Silas Creek Chapel

Davis Reeves Poplin

Davis Poplin, 96, of Forest City, NC passed away April 15, 2023, at Care Partners, Solace Hospice Center, in Asheville, NC.  He was born September 18, 1926, in Wilkes County to Silas and Laura Mae Reeves Poplin.

Mr. Poplin was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.  Upon returning home he married his love, Nona Lee Dobbins.  He worked various jobs, before they relocated to Winston-Salem, NC and made their home.  He had a career as a long-distance truck driver.

He enjoyed life and talking to everyone he met.  Always helping others with whatever they needed.  A jack of all trades, there wasn’t much he couldn’t do, and was always on the go.  He loved his family, travel, planning detailed vacations, reading, and gardening.  His love for Christ and being involved in church attendance and activities was very important.  He was a member of Florence Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nona of 56 years.  Also pre-deceased by his brothers, Carl, Aaron and sister Edna and son-in-law Larry Brown.

He is survived by daughters Sheila Dotson (David), Patti Brown and Kathy Oleksa (Chuck): grandchildren Ben Dotson and Christina Atkins (Andrew); great-grandchildren: Hadley,
John Michael and Saylor.  Also, his sister Nancy Steelman, sister-in-law Jo Poplin and several nieces and nephews. 

Giving of himself (as Nona did), Davis donated his body to Wake Forest University School of Medicine, wanting to give to medical research with hopes of helping others.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Florence Baptist Church, 201 S. Broadway Street, Forest City, NC on Sunday, April 23, 2023.  The family will receive friends following the service. 

Memorials may be made to:  Florence Baptist Church 201 S. Broadway Street Forest City, NC 28042 or Care Partners Solace Hospice Center 21 Belvedere Road Asheville, NC 28803.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to our loving church families, friends and all medical personnel who assisted with his care.

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