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Passing of Coach Wes Davis

Created on: 04/16/20 02:37 PM Views: 838 Replies: 5
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Thursday, April 16, 2020 02:37 PM

Wesley Maston Davis, 88--"Coach Davis" from Garner and Mac--passed away peacefully in New Braunfels, Texas, on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Here is a link to his obituary. You are invited to post any memories you have of Coach Davis.

Edited 04/16/20 02:38 PM
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Thursday, April 16, 2020 03:30 PM

My 1967 first Mac year was heck. First day football practice ate my lunch. I quit and Coach Davis confronted me in the locker room. "Get your butt back out there" I did what was told. It was pretty well set the that most players had established friendships and very athletic. Coach Davis would have me face Jimmy Briscoe one on one on the boards. Then say, "Not good enough, do it again." Don't know how I made it. After football season my dad, officer in the Air Force, stationed in Okinowa, divorced my mom. He sent to Okinowa and things got worse. Came back for my junior year and placed on Jr. Varsity. Coach Davis was my mentor and I had success as a defensive lineman. My senior year Coach McManus told me to leave the locker room, that I wasn't capable. He and I had it out verbally. Then May 69, I was in the hallway cleaning out my school locker. Coach Davis saw me not in class. He was twirling his stringed whistle and said, "What the heck are you doing" I told him I was quitting school. Coach said, "Put your stuff back in there and get to class." I told him that I enlisted and due to go to boot camp. Coach shook his head and placed both hands on my shoulders. He said a quick prayer and said "Be Strong and do what's right" I will never forget him. He was genuine and good. RIP Coach Davis

Paul Schaffer

Edited 04/16/20 03:56 PM
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:53 AM

he was my p e coach at garner-one day in the gym, we were playing basketball-he wanted to talk to us as a group, and requested that we "hold our balls"- well, i did, and let the rest of the class know as well-shortly thereafter, we ended up in mr. drawhorn's office, after which licks were administered-i wasn't mad about it and don't think that he was either.

Edited 04/18/20 11:40 AM
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Saturday, April 18, 2020 12:40 PM

So very sad to hear this.  Coach Davis was my favorite Coach.  I asked to be his Football buddy every year.  He loved my homemade cakes, and I really loved his humor. He always made me laugh.  

Edited 04/18/20 12:46 PM
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Saturday, April 18, 2020 09:22 PM

I can still remember the first time I saw Coach Davis walking down the hall at Garner.  He looked like the Marine that he was: ramrod straight, impeccably dressed in a suit, serious expression, and a flat top cut with military precision.  My buddy Court Thielman said " he looked like he could stride down the hall with a plate of spaghetti on his head and not spill a drop".  The man had a presence and even as a 7th grader I could tell he was a man of substance.  He commanded respect.  Paul's story moved me and yet did not surprise me.  Coach Davis had a humanity and integrity that was rare.  On a humorous note Tony Degges and I had delusions of grandeur and went out for 8tth grade basketball together.  At the first practice Coach called Whitey Laswell to the front of the assembled wannabe players. He rubbed Whitey's buzz cut and said that if we wanted to make the team he recommended we get our hair buzzed like Whitey.  Degges and I saw our future as Garage Band Rock Stars flushed.  This put a dent in our enthusiasm and Coach did us a favor and kicked us off the court for playing grab ass.  We left it to the pros...Perkins, Pearce, know the guys.  And I remember once Coach caught Bill Sills smoking out by the track with his hollywood ducktail haircut, pegged pants and stomps.  Coach relieved him of his cigarettes and made him run 4 laps around the track in his street clothes and of course Sills nearly coughed up his lungs.  That was Coach Davis teaching a lesson in healthy lifestyles.  What a man.  He can enter his house justified.

Roger Barnes

Edited 04/18/20 09:28 PM
Passing of Coach Wes Davis
Posted Sunday, April 19, 2020 03:03 AM

I had Coach Davis for five or six years as track coach, after one day of football practice at Garner convinced me I should move on.  Later at Mac, I let my sideburns get a little long.  Coach started calling me Hollywood, but I was a little slow on the uptake.  Got the paddle shortly thereafter.  Was pretty hardheaded too, because it happened one more time before I learned.  I should have learned earlier at Garner.  One day, at the end of a cold, drizzly winter practice, I was one of the last in the locker room.  Keith Rainwater was the only one still in the showers, with rolls of steam coming out.  Coach: "Rainwater, get done."  Keith: "OK coach"  Another minute of steam rolling out.  Coach: " Rainwater, get out of there!"  Keith: "OK coach"  And another minute of steam.  Then I see Coach stride by carrying a CO2 fire exstinguisher.  Keith: "NO! Coach! NO!"  and the sound of the exstinguisher, followed by Keith rapidly exiting the shower stalls with ice crystals on his body hairs.  Coach Davis knew how to make a point.

Edited 04/19/20 06:15 AM