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Frank Davie, World of Curls Founder, Succumbs
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Managing Editor
Published November 24, 2022

Frank Davie (Courtesy photo)

Frank Davie, who transformed haircare in the Black community in the 1970s and 1980s, was called home to be with the Lord on November 10.

As the founder of World of Curls Products, Inc., Frank created a multi-million dollar enterprise that catered to the haircare needs of African Americans and people of color.  His successful business led to international firms developing similar products for this previously overlooked demographic.

His body has been entrusted to Angelus Funeral Home, located at 3875 S. Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles. The viewing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The memorial service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Angelus Funeral Home.

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A native of Madera, California, Frank was born to Alma and Louie Davie in 1945. The small business operated by his parents in the 1950s influenced Frank’s entrepreneurial spirit. As a result, the self-proclaimed “farm boy from central California” established W.O.C. after discovering a new formula for Black haircare while selling raw materials to industry manufacturers.

Frank’s family recalls, “The explosive growth of World of Curls Products grew beyond his imagination. From first year’s revenues of only $10,000, his empire earned well into the multi-millions within three years of operation. With ongoing success, he happily sought to give back to the community, often employing local minorities.”  He operated a 160,000 square-feet manufacturing facility in Compton with a staff exceeding 400 people.

During his lifetime, Frank received commendations from former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley, former Compton Mayor Walter Tucker, and then-State Senator Diane Watson.  In 1986, he was named Black Businessman of the the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles for his commitment to philantrophy and the community.

Frank was also a member of the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute aka (AHBAI) serving as president in 1994. He and the association created of The Proud Lady campaign, which symbolized Black empowerment, ownership and pride as well as advocated reinvesting Black dollars back into the community.

Mouring the passing of Frank Davie are his wife of 50 + years, Barbara; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, DaNean Davie; daughters, Kameron and Lauren Davie-Thompson; son-in-law, Jimmie Thompson; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

 

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