Thursday, May 23, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A former news anchor and member of the News 12 team has died.
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church confirms Jim Davis passed away at his home at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The church's pastor says family and friends were with him when he died.
Davis started at News 12 in the summer of 1956 just two years after the station got its start.
He also worked at WJBF and WAGT after leaving News 12.
Family members say memorial arrangements have not yet been finalized.
Here's a biography written by Davis himself that talks about his life and the legacy he leaves behind:
"This North Carolina native, son of a Baptist minister came to Augusta in 1956 as Program Director for WRDW Radio. In 1957, he became News Director and Anchor for WRDW-TV, Channel 12, where he served four years before moving to Channel 6. As News Director and Anchor, he made WJBF his broadcasting home for the next 22 years. He rounded out his broadcasting career by joining WAGT-TV, Channel 26, after a two-year stint with an advertising firm in Augusta.
Jim again joined J.B. Fuqua as Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations at Georgia Federal Bank.
Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he saw action in the Pacific in the campaign at Okinawa, and also in the occupation Forces in Japan, Jim attended college at what was then Southwestern at Memphis, renamed Rhodes College, and at East Tennessee State University. He majored in History and Political Science, with a minor in English Literature.
His 54 years in Augusta have been filled with a variety of public service activities in addition to his professional duties. In 1957, Jim was Master of Ceremonies for the World Premier here of "The Three Faces of Eve." He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Red Cross, The March of Dimes, The Arthritis Foundation, and also the McCormick County (S.C.) Development Authority. He was one of the charter members of the University Hospital Foundation. Jim served on the Board of Visitors for Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and was also President of that Board. He was formerly President of the Metropolitan Augusta Foundation, forerunner of the Community Foundations Grant Program. Jim served a term as a member of the Imperial Theater Board of Directors. In 2007, he again served in his role of Master of Ceremonies for the 50th Anniversary presentation of "The Three Faces of Eve" at the Imperial.
During his professional experience, Jim was a Charter Member of the Board of the Georgia Association of Newscasters, and served a term as President of that group. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church's Georgia Synod Commission on Radio, Television and the Visual Arts. He was a former member of the National Foreign Policy Association; meeting twice annually in Washington at the Department of State to review, studies and recommend issues in Foreign Policy.
The Augusta Bar Association honored him as the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award. The West Augusta Rotary Club, in 1982, presented Jim "The Louis Harris Award," and Augusta Rotary Club named him to the Paul Harris Fellowship. The Georgia Associated Press saluted him for Outstanding Editorial Achievements. The Georgia General Assembly presented him a proclamation in 1982 honoring him for his years of service to the field of Broadcast Journalism.
During his varied broadcast career, Jim had the occasion to interview five men who either were, had been or later became president of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
On two occasions, Jim traveled in the Middle East as a guest of the Israeli government. Since his college days, Jim has been a student of Middle East history and sociology.
Jim is a Deacon and Elder of the Presbyterian Church with membership at Reid Memorial in Augusta. He is presently serving as a Trustee of Reid Memorial. For 14 years, he taught an adult Bible class at Reid. As a former member of the Worship Committee, he undertook the organizing and instructing of the Lay Reader program. Most recently, Jim authored a new history of Reid Memorial to coincide with the completion of the Sanctuary renovations. He had also written a compilation of all the memorials and tributes made to Reid Memorial since its founding.
Jim's recent activities have found him pursuing a new avocation -- watercolor painting. He became seriously interested in his painting in 1999 when he began studying with Augusta artist Jim Gensheer. He has since had four shows at which his art received exceptional attention and success with complete sell-outs of all his work. His art interests are varied but he has a special liking for seascapes and landscapes, as well as historic buildings in the area.
Married to the former Gerry Robison Gosney, they have two sons, five grandsons and a granddaughter. In addition, there are nine great-grandchildren."