Rev. Jones Davis Day
By Scott Pearson
Every birthday is a milestone in its own way, but for Rev. Jones Davis, this one has added significance.
By proclamation of the mayor and city council, Saturday is Rev. Jones Davis Day in Lewisburg, honoring the occasion of his 100th birthday.
Davis’ birthday is today, Wednesday, July 25, but a reception will be held in his honor on Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at Greater First Baptist Church in Lewisburg.
Presentations will be made on behalf of the city and state, with remarks scheduled from friends, family, and Davis himself.
A profile of Davis, contributed by Esther Mason, ran in the February 23, 2018, edition of the Tribune, detailing many of his experiences and the very different world into which he was born in 1918.
One of 11 children, Davis served in World War II in Burma and India, earning the Bronze Star among other decorations.
Davis has the honor of being Marshall County’s oldest living veteran of the war.
After returning home from overseas, he married Ida Mae Primm in 1948, this year marking their 70th anniversary as well.
The couple has seven children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
In 1950, he was called to the ministry, serving as pastor at the Fountain Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Culleoka for 25 years.
Davis worked variously as a landscaper and bus driver before a career with First National Bank in Lewisburg for 31 years.
All are invited to share the day with Davis, who, in the words of the proclamation honoring him, has “demonstrated in countless ways his dedication to the welfare of others” while living “during the most eventful century in the history of this world.”