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Know Your Neighbor: Walker B. Davis

FAMILY: Mr. Davis has been married to Carol since 1975. They have three children, Ben and Katherine, of Cobb County, and Andy, a senior at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN THE AREA? Mr. Davis lived in Warrenton until leaving for college. He worked in several Georgia cities, including Thomson, from 1998 to 2003, when he returned to Warrenton. Mrs. Davis taught at Thomson High School. Katherine and Andy graduated from Thomson High School.

OCCUPATION: Mr. Davis is a retired school administrator, having served 35 years in several Georgia cities. He retired from Columbia County. He is now in real estate, with Bradshaw Land & Realty in Thomson and Warrenton. He also operates a property development business, Warrenton West. "I was recently appointed to the board of tax assessors in Warren County, so I've been engaged in training for that position," he said.

HOBBIES: Mr. Davis is active in First United Methodist Church of Warrenton. He also is active in the Kiwanis Club in his hometown. This year, he also serves as lieutenant governor of Georgia Kiwanis District 6. In that capacity, he visits local clubs to "coordinate the affairs of the clubs within our division." On Monday he attended the Thomson club. He visited the Louisville club Tuesday. He is busy planning for the division rally Jan. 22. He also enjoys playing bridge.

PETS: The Davises have a cat, Ebo II, age 14. Their pet Ebo (short for "ebony") lived to age 17.

SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY: I like to travel and look forward to doing more travel.

PET PEEVES: "Excessive government," he said. "I see that our government is an ever-increasing, growing burden on our people, and I think we'll have to rein it back someday to better reflect the initial intention for government, to provide a society where we can freely live our lives without the infringement of government on everything we do."

MUSIC PREFERENCE: "I like what I grew up with, the music from the '50s and '60s, primarily the '60s," he said. "I do like dancing when you can dance with someone and feel that you're a couple and not just bodies out there moving independently. I like music where you can actually hear what they're saying."

FAVORITE READING: His tastes are varied. On Tuesday, he was reading a political commentary by Ron Paul. Before that, he read a gift from his daughter, a book of historical trivia. "It was really interesting to see all that things that were going on around us that we never realized," he said.

FARTHEST TRAVELED: "To Costa Rica, because I'd never been there," he said. "My wife and I just decided we wanted to go somewhere different, and our airline plan included Costa Rica so we just decided to go there. We just wanted to venture to a different type of culture and a different type of place, and we did indeed. Three were some tremendous highlights and some things that were challenging to us. We saw some sights that we'd never seen before and were awed by them, and then we saw a lifestyle that was hard for us to comprehend." Specifically, he said, the poverty and living conditions caught his attention. "Even though we were challenged by the way they lived, they seemed to be friendly, accepting and hospitable," he said.

FAVORITE FOOD: "About everything," Mr. Davis said. "My wife is a wonderful cook and unfortunately she prepares too many good things and I enjoy it all. When all else fails, I really like a good breakfast meal, just grits and eggs."

BEST PART OF THE COMMUNITY: "The quaintness, the friendliness," he said. "The biggest advantage of living in Warrenton is also the biggest disadvantage. People are going to be taken care of whether they want it or not."

MEMORABLE MOMENT IN WARRENTON: "The thing I cherish most is my memory of the life growing up in a small place where we felt secure and free. It was just the fact I could go out in the daytime and have free run of the world, and I didn't feel threatened by anything."

-- Compiled by Garth Snow, McDuffie Mirror editor

Web posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011

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