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Dearing man killed in Harlem wreck

A 24-year-old Dearing man died last week as the result of a single-car crash on U.S. Highway 221 near Harlem, authorities say.

Trooper First Class Matthew MacDonald of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the victim as Jacob Carlyle Davis. Mr. Davis was taken to the emergency room of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson after the Dec. 28 accident, where he was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m.

Mr. Davis, who was wearing his seat belt, died of chest injuries, Trooper MacDonald said.

Trooper MacDonald said Mr. Davis was southbound and attempting to negotiate a curve when he lost control of his 1997 Ford Mustang. He went off the shoulder of the roadway, then overcorrected and crossed to the other side, where he struck a sign.

The car overturned and went down an embankment.

The crash occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The highway fatality was the second in McDuffie County in a little more than a week. James "Jim" Blackmon, 56, of Ricketson Road, Warrenton, died Dec. 20 when he lost control of his pickup truck on Mount Pleasant Road near Thomson.

Mr. Davis, the son of Polly Davis and the late Chuck Davis, of Harlem, was a senior occupational therapy student at Augusta Technical College. He also was one of the leaders in the youth, children's drama and video ministries at Journey Community Church in Evans.

Mr. Davis had also recently joined Masonic Lodge No. 276 in Harlem. He was the youngest person to have been elected chaplain of the lodge. In November, he was initiated into the Thomson Shrine Club.

Mr. Davis is survived by his mother; a sister, Miranda Davis Scott; his brother-in-law, Victor Scott; two nieces, Eliana Grace and Addison Laine; his maternal grandparents, the Rev. Eddie Renew and his wife, Jeannine; his paternal grandmother, Lula T. Davis; close friend Kirk Buffington and his partner, Sharon Newsome; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends.

Funeral services were held Dec. 31, at Journey Community Church. Starling Funeral Home in Harlem was in charge of all arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011

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