Jimmie D. Davis

Jimmie D. Davis was born on September 2, 1927, in Sherman, Texas. He was one of eleven children born to James and Laura Davis. In 1939, Jimmie’s family packed up to move to California and their car broke down in Coolidge. It was about two days before Christmas and no one was available to fix the car, so they stayed and made Coolidge their new home. His brother Jack recalls a time when the two of them sat on top of a building so they could see the lights of the football field in town and Jimmie said, “Someday I’m going to play on that field.” It turned out he was right. He played on the Varsity Football Team his four years at Coolidge High, and still holds the running back record to this day. He played on the Football All-State First and Second Teams, and was Pinal County Player of the Year in 1944 and 1945. Jimmie was a member of the Bear Tracks Newspaper, FFA, Track and Field, Baseball Team, Yearbook Staff, Student Council, and served as Student Body Class President. He worked as the Coolidge Ice Man and as a soda jerk at the fountain in Hines Drug Store during his high school years.

Upon graduating in 1946, he received a football scholarship to play at The University of Arizona in Tucson. After one year of college, he was drafted into the military, where he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant in The United States Air Force. He was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Before being discharged, he was transferred to Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona.

In 1954, Jimmie married Gloria Kenworthy. They had four children, Debbie, Dawn, Steve and Tracey. During the following years, he was employed by Barq’s Distributing and Pepsi-Cola before getting into the insurance business. He worked for Prudential for several years before he and his brother Jack opened Davis Bros. Insurance Agency, where they were in business together for six years. He then joined Don Mahoney Insurance Agency, retiring from there after 30 years. Jimmie and Gloria also owned Central Drive-In Liquors on Main Street. He was very active in the community and served on the Selective Service Board, Kiwanas Club, and the Coolidge City Council. He felt very blessed to help the youth and volunteered his time as a Pop Warner coach. He also ran the chain at the high school football games for 20+ years. In the summers, Jimmie played first base for the Coolidge Boosters Softball Fast Pitch Team. The Boosters entertained the residents of Coolidge for about ten years while winning local and state championships. The team took second place in the world tournament held in Long Beach, California. In his retirement years, he worked for Bohlen Construction as the demolition crew. He loved to golf with his dear friends Chuck McHugh, Larry Bohlen, and Archie Edge. They met every morning for coffee and doughnuts.

Jimmie adored Gloria, his children, and eight grandchildren. Family was everything, nothing made him happier than spending time with them. If you were lucky enough to know Jimmie, you know that he truly cared about people, he was forever a Coolidge Bear at heart, and he always had time for one more joke.

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