A. W. “HEAD” DAVIS (1924 – 2005)
The firm was founded by A.W. Davis, Jr. Mr. Davis was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a child of the Great Depression. At the age of 16, Mr. Davis entered the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas as a member of the Class of 1945. He was the first in his family to attend college and, like many at the time, was very poor. While at TAMC, Mr. Davis acquired the nickname “Head”, and was always known thereafter as “Head” Davis. Mr. Davis was called into active service in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the European Theatre of Operations and was awarded the Bronze Star. Following World War II, Mr. Davis returned to Texas A&M to continue his education, graduating in 1948. He then attended law school at SMU utilizing the GI Bill and money he earned working as a waiter. Mr. Davis continued serving his country in the Texas National Guard until he was discharged in 1960 with the rank of Major.
Mr. Davis began the practice of law in the small agricultural community of Paducah, Cottle County, Texas. Mr. Davis was elected County Attorney of Cottle Co., Texas and then District Attorney of the 50th Judicial District. In 1963, Mr. Davis moved his family to Brazos County and began a private law practice which eventually became Davis & Davis. In 2013 Davis & Davis was awarded the Lifetime Business Achievement Award by the Bryan Rotary Club.
Mr. Davis served as President of the Brazos County Bar Association in 1968-69 and was a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association. A. W. Davis was a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. His community service involvement included serving on the Bryan City Commission and as a Brazos County legal aid volunteer.
Mr. Davis was a proud member of the Texas A&M class of 1945. Over the course of his life, he served The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M in numerous capacities including stints as a member of the Board of Directors for The Association of Former Students, President of The Association of Former Students and Chairman of the Texas A&M University Foundation. Mr. Davis also participated in the planning, funding and construction of the Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center and the creation of the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003. In 2005, he was posthumously inducted into Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor. He was an ardent supporter of Texas A&M University and the Corps of Cadets.
Mr. Davis never forgot his humble beginnings. He was particularly sensitive to the needs of the less fortunate and not afraid to speak the truth in all situations.