Sculp­tor Andy Davis dies at 53

Se­lected for Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Ge­or­gia Capi­tol

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

The artist se­lected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Ge­or­gia Capi­tol grounds died Sun­day af­ter a week­end crash in­volv­ing a sus­pected drunken driver, a coro­ner said. Andy Davis was 53.

Davis' friends re­mem­bered him Mon­day as a pas­sion­ate artist who men­tored young cre­atives by es­tab­lish­ing an arts cen­tre in his home­town of McDonough. He brought peo­ple from Ge­or­gia to life through sculp­ture, in­clud­ing works of mu­si­cian Ray Charles and Chick­Fil-A founder Truett Cathy. He was a Bo­hemian who re­fused to wear shoes when­ever pos­si­ble but took his work and get­ting to know his sub­jects se­ri­ously.

“It's just a huge loss for this com­mu­nity, and I think for the world,” said El­iz­a­beth “BJ” Mathis, who met Davis when he ap­proached her and other Henry County com­mis­sion­ers about sculpt­ing a Pa­trick Henry statue. “Andy was Andy, no mat­ter where he was.”

Davis was on his mo­tor­cy­cle in Henry County when he was rearended by a pickup truck early Satur­day morn­ing, the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol has said. The 20year-old driver, Corey Sease, has been charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Davis' fam­ily is­sued a state­ment Sun­day be­fore he died, thank­ing peo­ple for their prayers and en­cour­age­ment.

“He's al­ways been our Cap­tain; A fighter, a lover, a friend, and he Never, Never, Never gives up,” the state­ment read.


In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Andy Davis places the glasses on the head of the sta­tus of Pa­trick Henry at The Inferno Art Foundry in Union City, Ga.

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