Longtime doctor treated Pierce children for decades
Dr. Alfred L. Davis Jr. is remembered this week for his service to children and their parents and his service to the Lord.
Davis, 90, died Sunday evening, Sept. 22, at his home in Blackshear.
Born in Danielsville, Dr. Davis was raised in Ocilla, Waycross, Blackshear and Atlanta. He graduated from both the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia. He was a pediatrician for 54 years.
Dr. Davis and his wife, Ellen, and their family spent 10 years in Hong Kong China as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Church.
He and his family returned to Georgia, settling in Toccoa. Dr. Davis moved to Blackshear in 1971 after his medical school friend, the late Dr. Leonard Durrence, convinced him Pierce, Ware and surrounding counties needed a pediatrician.
He worked in private practice in both Blackshear and Waycross and at the now defunct Pierce County Hospital.
Dr. Davis was known for his friendly and affable manner treating children when they were sick, but also giving prescriptions for ice cream and yogurt and equipping his office with a toy chest.
In lieu of flowers, Dr. Davis asked citizens to consider supporting or adopting a church or school children’s program, a classroom educational donation, or children’s health/cancer program for Ware, Pierce and surrounding counties.
He also enjoyed working with the State of Georgia Pediatric Board and Committees overseeing inspections of Regional Youth Development Centers.
Dr. Davis was a devout Christian and was active at Emmanuel Baptist Church, then Central Baptist Church in Waycross and later with First Baptist Church of Blackshear. He served as the football team doctor for the Blackshear High School Tigers and the Waycross High School Bulldogs. He always enjoyed singing from early years with the Men’s Glee Club and Baptist Student Union at the University of Georgia to the choirs at all three area churches he attended. He worked and traveled on mission trips to Russia, England and Jerusalem.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, from the First Baptist Church of Blackshear.
Interment followed in the Westover Cemetery in Augusta Monday, Sept. 30.
For a full obit, please see page 3.