BIOGRAPHIES of HENDERSON CO TN

HERBERT DAVIS

It is a pleasure to present as our Interesting Person of the Week, a man who has been a vital part of the business world here for many years and in addition he has long been involved in church and civic affairs as well - Herbert Davis. He and his family are well known and respected here where he has spent most of his life. He was born in Stillwater, Okla., April 29, 1910, the second oldest child of James H. [Hershey] Davis and Ester Wilson Davis.

Of his five brothers and sisters: Wilson, Mary Harris, and Loyce are all deceased. Another brother, Connie, lives here and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Jennings, lives in Parsons. The Davis family moved back to Tennessee from Oklahoma when Herbert was a small child. He attended grammar school at Center Ridge, Juno, Poplar Springs and Lexington City School. He graduated from Lexington High School and opened Davis Dry Goods Store in September, 1935 at the present location on Main Street. He retired in 1975 but still visits the store often.

He was married to Leilah Moore of Darden on Feb. 12, 1937. They are the parents of two daughters, Carole and Paula. Carole and her husband, Elwood Small, live here and have two children also. They are Laura Small who lives in Memphis and works at Smith and Nephew Richards. David Small lives in Memphis also and works for Shelby County Fire Department. He is married to the former Joanna Carole owns and op-rates Davis Dry Goods which having Open "House this week.

Herbert and Leilah's other daughter, Paula, lives in Memphis and is vice president at Memphis Light, Gas and Water. She is recognized as a talented artist Before the uniting of Methodist Churches, Herbert was a member of the M. E. Church and transferred to First Methodist here in 1937. He has served on the Administrative Board and is secretary of the Men's Sunday School Class. His father, Mr. Hershey Davis, built the present church building which stands at the corner of Church and Monroe Streets.

When I moved to Lexington the Men's Quartet at First Church, was an extended part of the choir. I remember hearing Herbert, his father, Claude Fesmire and Johnny Dodd and sadly only Herbert is left of that group. Herbert served as City Alderman in 1956; is a member of the Shrine Club and was named Shriner of the Year in 1978, has been a member of Lexington Rotary Club over 50 years having served as president; was named a Paul Harris Fellow; was Co-Rotarian in 1977 along with his good friend, Dr. John M. Douglass; he was one of the founders of Pine Tree Golf and Country Club; and was one of the original stock-holders in the local radio station, WDXL. Congratulations to Herbert for his many accomplishments and best wishes for future happiness.

From the Lexington Progress, written by Doris Jarrett September 27, 1995

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