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Swep T. Davis

Managing Director, Oak Ridge Welfare and Recreation AssociationOak Ridge, TN

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Swep T. Davis. Photo by Ed Westcott.

Swep T. Davis served as the Managing Director for the Oak Ridge Welfare and Recreation Association beginning in 1945.

Davis served as a Captain in the Army until January 1944, seeing action in the African and Italian campaigns. He had also previously served in the Canal Zone and at other military installations around the United States.

In 1934, Davis married Elizabeth Curtis. Their daughter, Claire, grew up in Oak Ridge, and their son, Swep T. Davis, Jr., was born there during the Manhattan Project. The family returned from Oak Ridge in 1948 to reside in Newton, MS to begin family farming and cattle operation, then moved to Hattiesburg, MS in 1962 when Swep became Director of the Pat Harrison Waterway District.


Swep T. Davis (L) in 1945

Swep Davis with  his wife, Elizabeth, and their daughter Claire in Panama, June 21, 1943

Claire Davis and her brother, Swep T. Davis, Jr.

Oak Ridge Journal article on Swep Davis, p. 1

Oak Ridge Journal article on Swep Davis, p. 2. April 19, 1945.

Claire Davis (L) and Swep T. Davis, Jr. (2nd from R) with friends in Oak Ridge

Claire Davis and her friend, Ann Reeves

Claire Davis with pet dogs in Oak Ridge

First Oak Ridge Rotary Club Meeting, December 11, 1945. Photo by Ed Westcott

Swep and Claire Davis with friends

Pat, Swep, and Gus 

Swep and Claire Davis in Panama

Swep T. Davis in Panama, 1940

Swep in Hattiesburg

The Pat Harrison Waterway District

Swep and Elizabeth Davis

Swep and Elizabeth Davis in Hattiesburg, c. 1960s

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