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Olive Branch Hall of Fame inductee Jim Davis passes away

Photo: The Olive Branch City Flag flies at half-staff at City Hall on Monday, Oct. 2. (City of Olive Branch on X/Twitter)

Olive Branch city officials announced on Monday that the city was flying its flag at half staff in honor of a City Hall of Fame inductee who passed away over the weekend.

Jim Davis, age 74, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Davis was active in the community in a number of ways since his arrival to Olive Branch in 1974. He started a banking career at The Bank of Mississippi, and continued at Trustmark Bank and First Security Bank of Olive Branch.  

The charter member of the Rotary Club of Olive Branch, Davis was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1993, the highest honor given by Rotary International for leadership and service to the community.  

Davis was also a two-time president of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce, the grand marshal of the 2019 Olive Branch Christmas Parade and was inducted into the Olive Branch Hall of Fame in 2021. 

He also served his church as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and trustee at First Baptist Church of Olive Branch. In 2016, Davis briefly served as Facilities Manager of Great Commission Church and became a member of the church where he served until his death.  

The funeral service for Jim Davis will be Wednesday, Oct. 4 at Great Commission Church of Olive Branch, beginning at 10 a.m. A visitation with friends and family will be Tuesday evening, Oct. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the church.  A private interment will take place at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of arrangements, where the complete obituary may be found at the funeral home website.  

In honor of Jim’s service to the city, the City of Olive Branch flag will be flown at Coleman Funeral Home the day of the service. In addition, the city flag was placed at half-staff at City Hall on Monday. 

Bob Bakken

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