Longtime Augusta TV newsman Jim Davis dies, family friend confirms

Jim Davis, a longtime Augusta television personality, died Wednesday, a close friend of his family confirmed to The Augusta Chronicle.

Davis, 88, died at his home about 6:30 p.m., said Dottie Geiselman, who answered the phone at Davis’ house Wednesday night.

From 1956 until his retirement, Davis served as news director for all three stations in Augusta – WRDW (Channel 12), WJBF (Channel 6) and WAGT (Channel 26).

He came to Augusta to work for radio station WRDW but soon was doing television news broadcasts and commercials, according to Chronicle archives. He left broadcasting in 1982.

Davis served as master of ceremonies for the 1957 world premiere of The Three Faces of Eve at the Miller Theatre.

He helped mark the 50th anniversary of the premiere at a screening of the famous movie at the Imperial Theatre in 2007.

As a local anchorman, Davis covered President Eisenhower’s many visits to Augusta to play golf at Augusta National Golf Club.

Davis was a member of Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church where Eisenhower attended services during his trips.

In his retirement, Davis helped tell the history of Reid Memorial and its connection with Eisenhower. The president signed a photograph Davis took of him.

Davis served as vice president for marketing and public relations for Georgia Federal Bank after leaving broadcasting.

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