January 6, 2013
and Open House
Gainesville, GA. --
The Longstreet Society and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1860, Blue Ridge Rifles of Dahlonega, GA invite all to a joint graveside memorial service and open house on Sunday, January 6, 2013 beginning at 2 pm. General Longstreet lived in Gainesville, GA after the war and died there on January 2, 1904.
This 15th annual graveside service at Alta Vista Cemetery (off Jesse Jewel Parkway) will feature period costumes, a rifle salute, a graveside prayer, brief presentations by Longstreet Society and SCV officials and presentations of a cigar and memorial wreath. The event is presented in continuing observance of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
Immediately after the memorial service the Longstreet Society will host an open house at the Piedmont Hotel at 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA. The hotel was owned and operated by General Longstreet and was often his refuge—especially after his home was burned down in 1889. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served and tours of the hotel will be offered. The casual open house welcomes members, non-members, friends, family and children.
Obituary - J. A. Davis
Really Loved Working with People”
Mr. Davis was born on Feb.
10, 1930 to George E. and Garnet
McQuain Davis in Hendricks, West Virginia. He graduated from Gordon
Military College in 1947 and was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air
completion of school he began working as a radio announcer in
Barnesville, Ga. and from there entered into the television field in
Mississippi. After opening two TV stations in Georgia, he joined the
TV film industry with Official Films, Inc. where he was Regional
Manager. Mrs. Bennie Hansen of the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta asked
him to become General Manager, a job he greatly enjoyed.
career evolved into sales where he became top salesman for the
Encyclopedia Britannica and the Great Books Collection, which he
helped develop and distribute with Dr. Mortimer Adler, along with the
Syntopican, an index of all of man’s great ideas. He was very proud
of this achievement. He later became the CEO of Surfa Shield
Corporation in Virginia and a renowned motivational speaker.
Davis was actively involved in many organizations in his lifetime
including: joining Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) at the age of
18 and holding international, national, state and local offices,
Jaycees International and the Fairfax County, Virginia Chamber of
Commerce where he was named Citizen of the Year; Sons of Confederate
Veterans, holding national, state and local offices and being a
member of the 27th Georgia Regiment; Gainesville Camp
1404; Military Order of the Stars and Bars (holding national and
state offices), the Longstreet Society and founder of the Georgia
Heritage Council; the Tucker Shrine Club, the Yarab Temple of
Atlanta, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F&A.M, he was a 32nd
Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, the
Kiwanis International, and the Order of the Moose.
was very active in the Republican Party in Georgia, where he was
instrumental in bringing Richard Nixon’s campaign to Atlanta in
1960 and reviving the GOP in that state; gubernatorial campaigns in
Kentucky and senatorial and gubernatorial races in Virginia.
worked with the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and
Reagan to bring economic justice to communist countries through the
ideals of the Jaycees and was influential in the High Frontier
project a/k/a President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.
was involved with the Miss Atlanta and Miss Georgia beauty pageants,
the revitalization of George Mason University in Virginia and was the
narrator for many of the Northwinds Orchestra performances in
Gainesville, Ga. He was a member of the Georgia Assoc. of
Broadcasters, the Atlanta Variety Club and the Episcopal Church.
his exploits, he traveled the world many times over, making friends
everywhere he went. He loved people and was most excited when their
interaction produced a positive outcome.
Davis is survived by his daughters, Lee Lewis of Clarkesville, Ga.,
Kim Thompson of Demorest, Ga., Kristine McLendon of Atlanta, Darlene
Emrie of Topeka, Kansas and son, Clay Davis of Lexington, Ky. He has
13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was a loving
grandfather and wonderful gardener.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NE Georgia Hospice or
organizations of your choice. The memorial service is to be held at
the Elks Club, Gainesville, Georgia, Saturday, January 14th
at 1:30, everyone who was a friend of Mr. Davis is welcome to attend
family has asked that any old photos, stories, archives, video/film
footage of any kind that friends of Jeff may have to let us
know...for a multimedia retrospective project we would like to do for
this man who gave so much to us. Please contact:
Dean... firstname.lastname@example.org …