Thomas Lee Davis, 66, Lilburn, GA died on January 18, 2016.  Tom, a Kappa Sigma, received a BS degree in political science from Georgia Southwestern College in 1972.  He also had a MAT and Ed.S from Georgia State University.  Tom enjoyed a long and successful thirty-three year career in education, beginning as a teacher and coach at Stone Mountain and Peachtree High Schools in DeKalb County.  He coached the women’s swim team at Peachtree High to state swimming and diving championships in 1979 and 1980.  Tom’s next role was as Instructional Assistant Principal at Peachtree High School.  He would also serve in the same capacity at Miller Grove Junior High and Peachtree Middle School.  Tom pioneered the special education “inclusion” model for the school system, and implemented this model when he was made principal of Shamrock Middle School in 1997.  Under his leadership, Shamrock had great academic success and gained universal community support and favor.  Recognizing the need to showcase the school’s wonderfully diverse student body and academic focus, Tom initiated the Shamrock’s candidacy into the International Baccalaureate Programme which became a reality in 2007 two years after he retired. Tom enjoyed reading, fishing, kayaking, and golfing.  Tom spent his retirement years volunteering in various golf tournaments as well as mentoring middle-school youth in his church’s confirmation classes.  Tom was a loving husband for thirty-two years and devoted father.– family was everything to him and he was everything to his wife and children. Tom is survived by his father, Darold (Doc) Warren Davis, I; wife, Melodee Rose (Dismer) Davis; children, Patrick John Davis and Emily Diane Shannon and husband, Chris; brother, Darold (Buz) Warren Davis, II and wife, Laura; sister, Connie Lynn Shewchuk and husband, Mike; stepbrother, Richard  (Ricky) F. Knox and wife, Suzanne; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Henley Davis Knox; his stepfather, Robert F. Knox; and stepbrother, Bob Knox Memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1826 Killian Hill Road S.W.  in Lilburn, Georgia on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Jill Henning officiating.  Visitation will precede service at 2:00.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at

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  1. Heaven has an awesome principal for their kids now! He was an amazing boss, wonderful friend and gentle soul. The nine years he was a Shamrock were nine of the best teaching years of my 27 years. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be missed, but always remembered with a smile.
    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with yours as you take the time to mourn and remember him. May you have peace and joy in all your memories.

  2. Tom was the first Assistant Principle that I worked for back in 1984.. He was allways the most professional yet caring person I had the pleasure of learning from. It is a great loss,. Tom made a huge differance in many childrens lives, as well adults he worked with. We were a team, and he always made you feel a part of the school.God speed ,Tom

  3. My time with “Coach” Davis goes back to 1976-77 when he was a teacher and the swim team coach at Peachtree High School. His belief in me and his encouragement has carried through my entire life. He was truly a blessing to me and I am certain many others. I thank his family for sharing him with his school family throughout the years. His loss will be felt by many, but his memory will live on by all the lives he touched.

  4. Tom Davis was one of my favorite teachers in High School (Peachtree). Always in good humor and engaging with students.
    I know he will be missed. I offer my prayers for his family and friends, may they find peace and consolation.

  5. Prayers up for you all! Mr. Davis was a great teacher at Peachtree High!
    Sad to hear of his passing.

  6. Mr. Davis was such an important part of my life at Peachtree High School. As part of the swim team for four years he was influential in teaching me to push harder and expect nothing but the best from myself. My brother, sister and I are better people because of him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  7. Mr. Davis was one of my favorite teachers and showed that he believed in me and challenged me to do the same. I hope that I am able to be a positive influence and role model for my students, too. Prayers for his family.

  8. Coach Davis always encouraged me to do better than I thought I could. In swimming he helped me to achieve and excel. In the classroom he taught and coached me into actually caring about what I was learning. He was the best teacher I had during high school because he understood me.

  9. I loved Coach Davis and have great memories of being in his class at Peachtree High. I use to drive him crazy because I was a slacker…he would just look at me and shake his head, but always with a smile on his face! He’d be surprised to know I ended up becoming a teacher as well! I’m sorry for your loss; my prayers are with you.

  10. He was also one of my favorite teachers during my years at Peachtree. Because he didn’t seem that much older than us, we seemed to be able to relate to him so well. Just a great guy with an upbeat attitude. I’m sure he will be missed by many. So glad to have been a very small part of his life. Amazing to think about how many lives he touched throughout his career. Prayers go out to his family and friends.

  11. I am saddened to learn of his passing. He was a wonderful teacher and great role model- always engaged with students and they all knew that he truly cared and was committed to his passion for education. He will be sorely missed- my condolences to the family. Vicki Vaughan PHS graduate 1978

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