November 25, 2020

Mr. Dock Davis

image1Mr. Dock Heard Davis, age 75 of Franklin, Georgia passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

He was born May 4, 1940 in Franklin, Georgia to Pallie Heard and Owen Cook Davis, Sr.

The youngest of four children, he grew up in Franklin with his brothers Bernard and Owen Cook Jr., sister Rebecca Jane and many of his beloved cousins.

After graduating from Heard County High School, Dock attended the University of Louisville where he served in the Naval ROTC, was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and earned his degree in Political Science.

Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy, and later, as a Captain, in the Naval Reserves. After leaving active duty, Dock attended Emory School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate.

As an attorney, he began his career in Atlanta and later returned to his hometown of Franklin where he also served as a Juvenile Court Judge and the City Attorney.

For a long time, Dock was the only attorney in town providing services to many even when they were unable to pay.

Dock loved to manage the farm with his brother on the family homestead where they raised cattle together.

Well educated in forest management, he was a successful tree farmer and often hired to manage forest properties. Dock was truly happiest when he was outside, on a tractor, or walking wooded trails.

A true, yellow-dog Democrat, Dock worked for Governor Jimmy Carter and served as part of the Peanut Brigade on his presidential campaign. He also served his hometown district in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Dock is survived by his brother Owen Cook Davis Jr., his sister Rebecca Jane Lawley, his children Whitney Davis, Joshua Davis, Laurel Dorman and Pallie Savoie, and his four granddaughters.

His love for his hometown and its rich history led Dock to help establish The Heard County Historical Society. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his honor to the Heard County Historical Society.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church (158 Salem Road in Franklin).


  1. Barbara Phillips Roberts says

    RIP Dock. We shared many business transactions.

  2. Sharon Frost says

    Dock was instrumental in the restoration of the Heard County Museum. It continues to offer an historical element and genealogical library to the county. Thank you Dock.

  3. Blake E. Davis Jr. says

    An honorable man who was gracious and generous in his dealings with all. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Virgil Brown says

    Captain Dock Davis United
    States Navy. Thank you for your service, I salute you. Nobody but you knew what hardships you were subjected to in that war. You will be missed.

  5. Ray and Peggy Gillis says

    Dock was so helpful with legal matters for my parents, Roy & Norene Morgan, as well as helping them during a bad ice storm. His type of kindness is rare and will be missed.

  6. I had no idea Doc had passed away until today. Doc was good to me and my family, there will never be another like him… God Bless You Doc!

  7. I had a rather unhappy childhood, which led to a few legal incidents. I remember how kind and gentle Mr. Dock Davis was to me. He never treated me like some bad kid. I will always remember that. Blessings to his family!

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