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Oxford official Davis dead at 80

Frank Davis

Frank Davis

OXFORD — Oxford City Councilman Frank Davis died Sunday at age 80.

Davis served on the council for six years and, according to Mayor Jerry Roseberry, was instrumental in numerous initiatives, including establishing a homestead exemption for city homeowners, building the first bridge on Oxford Trail, renovations of Old Church and privatization of the sanitation service. He also guided the process to memorialize with a bronze marker the ruins of a local Rosenwald School, built for the education of blacks prior to integration. Monday’s Oxford City Council meeting was postponed until Oct. 14 as a show of respect for Davis.

Roseberry described Davis as “just an all-around good citizen.”

“He loved Oxford. He just worked real hard to make it a better place,” he said.

Davis’ term runs through December 2015. Roseberry said the city will not hold a special election, as the charter stipulates that the council make an appointment to fill the unexpired term.

Davis was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Covington and the Oxford Lions Club and served as treasurer of the Oxford Historical Society for many years.

Davis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sarah Taylor Davis; daughters and sons-in-law Anne and Mac Cranford, of Covington; Janet and Frank Neese, of Woodstock; Linda and Tony Compton, of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Frank and Debbie Davis, of Forsyth; Charlie and Gina Davis, of Jackson; 23 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Covington with the Rev. William B. Wade Jr. officiating and interment following in Oxford Historical Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, 1215 Access Road in Covington from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Flowers are accepted, or donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1169 Clark St. SW, Covington, GA 30014.