Larry "Whiz" Davis recognized for 16 years of service
A reception honoring Larry "Whiz" Davis was held on Monday evening, Nov. 24, at the Manila Airport terminal building. Davis was the man of the hour as members of the Pilot's Association, Airport Commission, city officials, friends and family gathered to thank him for his years of dedicated service.
Davis has served on the Manila City Council for 16 years. He has been a liaison between the airport commission and the city working to provide what is best for the airport and the community.
Davis was no stranger to the airport as he has been a pilot since the early 1960s working as an ag pilot for many years.
He said he has always enjoyed being around airplanes and the airport. He was born and raised in Manila and is proud the city has maintained the airport through the years.
Woody Townsend representing the Pilots Association presented a portrait of Davis and his airplane that will hang in the new terminal building. He also gave the family a framed copy of the portrait.
Councilwoman Linda Donovan expressed her appreciation to Davis for his service.
"Whiz has helped me as a councilman and I appreciate all he has done for the community during his years of service," Donovan said.
She presented Davis a plaque from the city for his years of dedicated service.
Davis' health prevented him from seeking re-election but he said he had enjoyed serving over the years and would be glad to help the city any way he can.
"Anyone who has ever served even one term knows it takes time and dedication to serve 16 years," Mayor Wayne Wagner said. "We appreciate all he had done for the city and the airport. It takes people like Whiz to get things done. He has always been willing to get out there and serve. He is a friend to the city."
In addition to serving as councilman for 16 years, Davis served as constable for 25 years.
He is married to the former Fay Polston and they have one daughter, Dixie, and three grandchildren.