A century well spent

Friday, August 3, 2018
Tennessee Veteran Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder presents Rev. Jones Davis the flag that flew over the state capitol on his 100th birthday.
Tribune photo by Erin Morris

While every birthday is a milestone, Rev. Jones Davis achieved something that most people only dream of doing.

The World War Ⅱ veteran celebrated his 100th birthday last Wednesday, July 25. On Saturday, July 28, a reception was held at Greater First Baptist in Lewisburg, honoring his birthday on the day proclaimed as Rev. Jones Davis Day by the city council.

One of 11 children, Davis grew up in Maury County. He served during the war in India and Burma where he was stationed with a military trucking company. During a time of segregation, men like Davis spent their lives fighting for freedom and protecting others.

After fighting overseas, he came home to meet the love of his life, Ida Mae Primm. Davis has been married to her since. The couple will celebrate their 70th year anniversary in Sept. They have seven children, 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Along with serving his nation in the military, Davis also had various other jobs throughout the years. In 1950, he was called to serve as pastor at the Fountain Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Culleoka for twenty-five years. His other jobs included working as a landscaper and a bus driver. This was before he began his 31-year long career at First National Bank.

At the reception for Rev. Jones Davis Day, he was recognized by the Nashville office of the Veterans Administration, Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham and the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services.

“The world wouldn’t be where it is now, if it weren’t for people like you, Jones Davis,” Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of Veteran Services said.

Grinder dedicated a presentation to Davis along with Travis Kraft and Angela Odom from the Nashville Veterans Administration. State Rep. Rick Tillis delivered a heartfelt speech and thanked Rev. Davis for his service and making a difference in the community.

Before the closing remarks, the Davis family stood together and performed a musical selection for everyone present.

“Today was the best day of my life,” Rev. Jones Davis said after hearing four generations of the Davis family speak of fond memories and comments, expressing what a great honor it was to have Jones Davis still with them to this day.