Founding Families

Bobby & Jean Davis

Both Bobby and Jean Davis have long been active in both health care and community affairs.

 

Bobby entered business with his father Cecil Davis in 1958 at West Side Drug Store after Bobby’s graduation from The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1957. He attended Cookeville public schools and received his pre-pharmacy requirements from Tennessee Technological University.

 

In 1963, he and his father built Medical Center Pharmacy and remained as partners until the death of the senior Mr. Davis in 1976. Medical Center Pharmacy remained an active business until 1996 when it was sold to Eckerd Corporation. Bobby continued in part-time pharmacy practice with Eckerd until the year 2000.

 

From 1967 to 1973, Bobby served as mayor of Cookeville, a post to which he was elected for two consecutive terms. During his tenure as mayor, Cookeville experienced benefits of the Federal Model Cities Program. Outstanding examples are the water system we presently have from Center Hill Lake, purchase of property for Cane Creek Park, major additions to the city’s hospital, and the construction of the Putnam County Library.

 

In addition to his service in many different community organizations, Bobby was the inaugural president of the CRMC Foundation Board of Directors from February 2007 until May 2010.

 

Jean moved to Cookeville as a young child and considers herself a Cookeville native. She holds a Master of Arts in educational psychology and counselor education from Tennessee Technological University and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in Memphis.

 

The majority of Jean’s nursing career was spent in community-health nursing, including home care with the Putnam County Health Department. She retired from the position of director of student health services at TTU in November 1995. In June 1994, she was elected mayor of Cookeville for a four-year term. In 2002, Jean was elected to the Cookeville City Council for a four-year term and in 2006 was elected vice mayor of Cookeville for a four-year term.

 

She is active in several local organizations, including the Putnam County Health Council, the Tennessee Technological University School of Nursing Development Council Board of Directors, The Foundation Hospice Fund Board of Directors and the Cookeville History Museum. She is also vice chairman of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport Board.

 

Jean has been the recipient of several awards, including Outstanding Alumnus, University of Tennessee College of Nursing; Fred Roberson Award, Cookeville Regional Medical Center; Outstanding Service Award, Tennessee Technological University; Professional Woman of the Year, Cookeville Business and Professional Women’s Club; and the Rebecca Paris Tolbert Award for Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing.

 

Bobby and Jean are active members of First United Methodist Church. They are the parents of two children: daughter Kim Davis Morton and her husband, Dr. Tony Morton, who have two children, Matthew and Laura Morton; and son Bill Davis and his wife Kimber, who have two children, Thomas and Coleman Davis.