May 7: Happy Birthday! Paxton Davis



James Paxton Davis Jr.  was born on this day in 1925, in Winston-Salem.

Paxton, as he was called, graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School and Johns Hopkins University.  He joined the staff of the Twin City Sentinel in 1949.  He also worked for the Winston-Salem Journal and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Davis taught journalism at Washington and Lee University from 1953 to 1968, and headed the university’s journalism and communications department from 1968 until he retired in 1976.

Davis wrote a trilogy about growing up in the Buena Vista neighborhood in Winston-Salem.  The books are “Being a Boy,” “A Boy’s War,” and “A Boy No More.”

Davis also wrote 7 other books and was working on his 11th book when he passed away in 1994.

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