Raymond P. Davis honored
CEREMONY n Members of Raymond Davis' family gathered this morning for a ceremony to rename the Courthouse Annex in his honor. Son Douglas Davis, left, is shown accepting a plaque from Supervisors Ray Boswell and Hank Florey as Peggy and Jerry Crenshaw, Davis' daughter and son-in-law, and widow Lucille Davis look on. Photo by Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
By Sheila Blackmon/The Meridian Star
Dec. 4, 2000
Lauderdale County supervisors officially declared the courthouse annex the Raymond P. Davis County Annex Building today.
Board attorney Rick Barry said Davis served Lauderdale County residents for 39 years.
Deputy circuit clerk Renee Covert worked for Davis for 7 1/2 years.
Davis's wife, Lucille Davis, was at the annex Monday for the Board of Supervisor's declaration.
She said she received in late September a copy of a recommendation East Mississippi Business Development Corporation Chairman E.M. "Hoot" Gibson sent the Board of Supervisors.
The Davis' son, Douglas, and his wife, Virginia, traveled from Panama City, Fla., to attend. Peggy Crenshaw, and her husband, Jerry, also attended, along with other family members.
Supervisors invited family members and many city and county elected officials to the meeting, but there will be a more formal dedication after a plaque with the new title bearing Davis' name arrives, Florey said.
Davis was born in Kemper County on May 17, 1921, and moved to Meridian at the age of 3. He passed away on Sept. 4, 2000.
Sheila Blackmon is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.