2021 Hall of Fame Jim Davis

Image Jim Davis 2021 Hall of Fame InducteeJames Paul “Jim” Davis
December 29, 1948–

James Paul “Jim” Davis was born December 29, 1948, in Augusta, Arkansas, to Marguerite and Babe Davis. He is the youngest of five children and attended Augusta Elementary School. Jim graduated from Laura Conner High School, where he received academic awards in History and Math. He not only excelled in the classroom but also in athletics. Jim received All-District recognition in football, basketball, and baseball.

He would continue his education at Southern Arkansas University from 1966 to 1970, studying Business Administration and receiving his BBA in the Spring of 1970. He played varsity basketball and baseball while pursuing his college degree. As a postgraduate, Jim continued his education through the Mississippi School of Banking and LSU School of Banking. He also served a year in the Navy.

Jim and Sharron “Lynne” Turner Davis were married on February 13, 1971. They moved to Olive Branch in 1974 because Jim took a job with Bank of Mississippi, now known as Bancorp South. They loved the “small town” feel and the wonderful people they quickly became friends with. They knew this was the place they wanted to put down roots and raise their three sons, Trevor, Zach, and Jared. Jim and Lynne now have the joy of watching their five grandsons, Dalton, Grif, Evan, Camden, and Hudson, grow and thrive in the Olive Branch Community.

Mr. Davis served the needs of the people in Olive Branch as a retail and commercial lender from 1971 until 2013. He is a two-time President of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce, a Charter Member of the Olive Branch Rotary Club, and holds the recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow through the Olive Branch Rotary Club. He served as a Deacon of First Baptist Church in Olive Branch for thirty-five years and is currently a member of Great Commission Church, where his son is Senior Pastor.

Jim enjoys raising beagles and hunting rabbits. He is a friend to all and serves the Olive Branch community with honesty, integrity, and a sense of pride. He will proudly tell you that Olive Branch is his “hometown.”

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