As lo­cal as they come

Late Mayor’s achieve­ments helped New­born pros­pers

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SAMANTHA REAR­DON news@cov­

For­mer New­born mayor Sheridan Davis was a life­long res­i­dent of New­born, where he was born and raised. He made more than a few con­tri­bu­tions to his small town.

“He ac­tu­ally cared what hap­pened to the town of New­born,” said Davis’s daugh­ter-in-law Lanelle Davis. “What hap­pened to New­born mat­tered to him. He wanted it to thrive and pros­per and main­tain its old-coun­try feel.”

Davis was elected to his first term in 1994, and was then re-elected in 1998. In his two terms as mayor, he of­fi­cially brought New­ton County wa­ter to New­born and got an al­co­hol li­cense passed for the town.

One of his largest un­der­tak­ings was restor­ing the old store where New­born Town Hall is now housed, along with Lanette Ziegler her­self.

“He was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the Ziegler-Childs Build­ing [New­born Town Hall] re­con­structed,” said Elisa Rowe, New­born Town Clerk.

In ad­di­tion to fo­cus­ing on re­build­ing projects in New­born, Davis also con­cen­trated his ef­forts on plan­ning and zon­ing.

Lanelle ex­plained that her fa­ther-in-law started “self- made” early on in his life.

Davis first welded at his un­cle’s weld­ing shop in So­cial Cir­cle. Though he had a few other jobs over the years, Davis even­tu­ally opened his own busi­ness -S.H. Davis Weld­ing and Re­pair.

“It was a back­yard busi­ness that grew,” Lanelle said. He later passed the fam­ily busi­ness on to his son Eric, Lanelle’s hus­band.

Davis was an out­doors­man who loved mak­ing wood­crafts and draw­ing. Lanelle re­mem­bered a time when he once made a ship out of metal.

“He was one-of-a-kind,” she said.

One of Davis’s great­est joys came from spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

“He loved his grand­ba­bies and great-grand­ba­bies,” Lanelle said. “They were a very im­por­tant part of his life.”

Davis is sur­vived by his wife Mary, their chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren, and many nieces and neph­ews.

“He will be missed more than he will ever know,” Lanelle said.

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