Canton doctor remembered for his dedication and strong beliefs
by Rebecca Johnston
November 20, 2013 12:00 AM | 2455 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Harry Davis, 68, of Canton, a local family physician who is remembered as a fine man and a great doctor, died early Monday morning after a battle with cancer.

Davis and his wife, Catherine, moved with their family to Canton in 1977 where he entered medical practice with Dr. William Nichols and Dr. H. L. Gold. In 1994, he became a partner in Medical Associates of North Georgia where he worked as a family practitioner until his retirement.

“Not only have we lost a great physician, but Cherokee County has lost a truly great man, a man above reproach,” said partner and longtime friend Dr. William Early. “Harry Davis was the doctor’s doctor. You never heard anyone say anything bad about him and you never heard him say anything bad about anyone else.”

Early said Davis was dedicated to his patients, his family and his community.

“He had strong religious beliefs, he was our conscience, he knew right from wrong and he always helped us make the right decision,” Early said.

Early said the five things that described Davis were that he was kind, gentle, above reproach, honest and a man of integrity.

Davis was a board certified family practitioner for 30 years, a considerable accomplishment, Early said.

“He was the true family physician; he saw them from age 2 to 102 for 36 years,” Early said.

Close family friend and fellow church member JoNell Courson remembers Davis as a strong leader and dedicated family man.

Davis was one of the founding members of New Covenant Bible Church in the mid-1980s, she said, and he has been an elder since that time.

“He loved his family more than life itself, Catherine and his three daughters,” Courson said. “Harry was the kind of person who made everyone feel special, he always thought of other people and had a great sense of humor. He loved his patients and his practice.”

Courson said he was a strong advocate for Georgia Right to Life, the Hope Center and was on various boards.

“He always felt spending time with family and friends, a wonderful network of friends, was important,” she said. “He loved the outdoors, to fish and hike and canoe, always loved that.”

The family friend said he was not just a leader, but a strong leader, teaching Sunday school and leading mission teams to Guatemala to work with the Medical Missions Ministry.

“He worked in clinics in villages and with local doctors and worked right beside them and along with the clinics, administering medicine to those who needed it,” Courson said.

Courson said will be truly missed.

“He would never have retired, and we are going to miss him terribly,” she said.

Funeral services are today at 11 Canton First United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Murphey officiating. Burial will follow at Georgia National Cemetery.
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Dixie Whitman
November 20, 2013
Our sincere sympathies are sent to Dr. Davis' family, friends and colleagues. As our family doctor, we have missed his laughter and kind and compassionate care during his absence from practice and pray that his family is now surrounded by caring friends and beautiful memories of a great man.
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