Benton County


Camden numbers among her most substantial citizens Lucas Eldridge Davis, who is prominent in financial circles and was for twenty years county and probate judge. He was born in Henry county on the 10th of January, 1850, a son of Josiah Davis and Malinda (Sexton) Davis, both natives of Tennessee and both deceased. Lucas Eldridge Davis received his early education in the public schools of Henry county and after putting his textbooks aside engaged in farming and teaching school for three years. At the end of that time he came to Benton county and taught school and farmed here until 1877, when he was elected a justice of the peace. Later he was elected chairman of the county court and in 1896 he became county and probate judge, which office he held for twenty years. Although he declined to serve any longer in that office his friends persuaded him to stand for election as justice of the peace and magistrate and he is now serving as such. During the twenty years of his service as county and probate judge Lucas E. Davis used his influence to promote many movements for the good of the community. He was the leader in tearing down the old courthouse and the construction of the new one and was chairman of the commissioners selected for this work. Benton county has one of the finest and most modern courthouses in West Tennessee and the Judge is very proud of it. In 1914 he was active in the organization of the Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Camden and has been its president since that time. He also assisted in the organization of the Peoples Bank which was afterward merged with the First National, at which time the Judge disposed of his interest.

In 1885 was celebrated the marriage of Judge Davis and Miss Kizzie Farmer, and to their union two children were born: Robert L. and Terah. His wife died in 1887, and in 1889 he married Miss Dora Parker, a daughter of William and Dora (Davidson) Parker, by whom he has four children: Lena Davis O'Gum, Lucas Mills, Linos E. and Meta Davis Butler. The Judge has always been a stanch democrat. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church, to the support of which he is a generous contributor. Fraternally he is a Royal Arch Mason and is past master of the blue lodge. His public spirit has always been a stimulus and inspiration; his patriotism, locally and generally, is practical and intense, and he is liberal to all worthy agencies at work for the good of his community, county and state.
From - "Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 2"