Guy E. Davis, Jr., former Republican candidate for Georgia Governor, passed away on Monday from cancer.
Guy was also a veteran of the United States Army and a former Atlanta police officer and Homicide Detective. He practiced law for over 40 years after graduating from Emory University of Law in 1972, including serving as Fulton County Assistant District Attorney for a few years before entering private practice.
He is best known in the area of politics for his unsuccessful run against the Democratic incumbent Joe Frank Harris in 1986, where he garnered 29.5% of the vote. Rep. Jack Kingston shared the following about Guy and the 1986 election:
“Guy Davis was in many ways a trailblazer for our modern GOP party in Georgia. As Young Republicans, Libby and I put out many signs for Guy back in 1986 when he stepped-up to challenge Governor Joe Frank Harris when others would not. He ran an honorable race; obtaining the vote of almost a third of the electorate, which was considered a success for Republicans in those early days.”
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Martha, four sons, and eight grandchildren.
From his obituary, the arrangements are:
Visitation and a Celebration of Life Service will be held at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center Chapel at 85 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Visitation will take place in the Parlor on Friday, December 5, from 4-6:00 p.m. The Service will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, December 6, at 12:00 p.m. A private burial will follow the service at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.