Warner Robins Councilman Mike Davis died Saturday morning. He was 65.
Davis, an eight-year council member and retired firefighter, represented District 6. He was first elected in 2011.
“He was probably one of my best friends and just a very a good man,” said Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms. “He’s going to be missed.
“He gave close to 40 years, if not more, of his life to serving the citizens of Warner Robins in the fire service, broadcasting local high school football and in government,” Toms said.
In all of those areas, Toms, also a retired firefighter, served with Davis.
“It’s a personal blow, and it’s a big loss to the community as well,” Toms said.
Davis started at the Warner Robins Fire Department in the 1970s, with Toms joining the agency in 1985. Davis was in fire prevention.
“That’s when I first got to know him,” said Toms.
Davis had just finished up over two decades of broadcasting high school football. At some point during that term of service, he asked Toms to join him.
“We did ‘em together for about 18 years, and during that time, we started out at Northside High School, did some Warner Robins games and then we did some Houston County games, and then eventually Mike and Coach (Conrad) Nix and Greg Elrod started Sports Mic broadcasting,” Toms said.
Sports Mic broadcasts live via the internet football games of Northside, Warner Robins, Veterans and Houston County high schools, Toms said.
The last five years, Davis and Toms served in government together, Toms said.
Davis had a very short, aggressive pancreatic cancer, Toms said. Davis had only received the confirmed diagnosis a week ago.
He’s been in an Atlanta hospital for more than a week and had been taken to the Hazel Colson Hospice House, a wing of the Perry Hospital, where he died, Toms said.
Davis is survived by his wife, Diane Davis, son, Blake Davis, daughter-in-law, Amy Davis, granddaughter, Stella Davis, and other family members.
Stella “had captured his heart for sure,” Toms said.
Mike Davis was a lifelong resident of Warner Robins. He was born in 1953 in Macon because there wasn’t a hospital in Warner Robins at that time, according to a his biography on the Sports Mic website. He was a 1971 Northside High School graduate.
Davis served on the Warner Robins Fire Department from 1973 until his retirement in 2008, according to the biography. He began broadcasting high school football in 1994. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Visitation is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Baptist Church. A funeral service celebrating his life is set for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Southside Baptist Church.
All non-essential Warner Robins city offices will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for employees to pay their respects to his family, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.