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13 January, 2011

J. Max "Fireball" Davis


State Rep. J. Max Davis dies at 65

ATLANTA - State Rep. J. Max Davis, R-Atlanta, died Saturday afternoon after an apparent heart attack. He was 65.

Davis, an attorney who once played professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs, was getting into his car after a rally for President Bush at the Cobb Galleria Centre when he was stricken, family members said.

Davis was first elected to the House in 1980 and represented portions of north DeKalb County.

But Davis was not returning to the House in 2003 because he lost a primary election to fellow Republican Rep. Fran Millar of Dunwoody. Their former districts had been combined into one during the reapportionment of the Georgia House.

Davis practiced law in Dunwoody with his son, J. Max Davis II.

The conservative lawmaker was proud "that first and foremost he never voted for a tax increase," his son said. "And he killed a lot of bad legislation."

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of the Apostle in Atlanta. Survivors include his wife, Mary; another son, Todd Davis; and a daughter, Stacie Davis Rapson.

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