July 10, 1947 ~ August 9, 2020

Born in: Griffin, Georgia
Resided in: Atlanta, Georgia

BORN IN GRIFFIN, GEORGIA JULY 10, 1947 TO MARGARET CRAPO DAVIDSON AND WENDELL HOWARD DAVIDSON, SR. AFTER WENDELL GRADUATED FROM WEST FULTON HIGH SCHOOL IN ATLANTA, HE WORKED AT LOCKHEED FOR SEVERAL YEARS AS A JET MECHANIC AND HAD APPRENTICESHIPS IN OTHER LOCKHEED PROGRAMS. HE NURTURED HIS LOVE OF AVIATION BY EARNING HIS PILOT’S LICENSE AND PURCHASING A MOONEY AIRCRAFT. THAT TRANSPORTED HIM AND OTHER FRIENDS ON FUN-FILLED TRIPS TO PURSUE HIS INTEREST IN AND LOVE OF OTHER ADVENTURES LIKE SCUBA DIVING IN BELISE AND OTHER ISLANDS, HUNTING IN THE FORESTS OF SOUTH GEORGIA, SLALOM-SKIING AND SKY SKIING IN THE LAKES OF NORTH GEORGIA, AND THRILLING HIS SQUEALING GRANDHILDREN WITH HIGH-SPEED RUNS AROUND LAKE BLUE RIDGE. WENDELL ESPECIALLY DELIGHTED ALL THE KIDS IN THE FAMILY BY SCUBA DIVING WITH THE WHALE SHARKS IN THE GEORGIA AQUARIUM. LOTS OF SQUEALS FROM THE KIDS THEN! KNOWING THAT THIS PARTICULAR DIVING EXPERIENCE WAS ALSO A WAY TO CELEBRATE WENDELL’S REMISSION AFTER UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA, THE ADULTS IN THE FAMILY WERE CELEBRATING, TOO! ONE OF WENDELL’S MANY INTERESTS WAS HIS LOVE OF CARS. HE WAS ALL ABOUT DESIGN, FUNCTION, AND VINTAGE! HAVING OWNED SEVERAL 1956 AND 1957 CHEVY NOMADS, HE TRAVELED TO CAR SHOWS AND OCCASIONALLY DROVE THE KIDS AROUND IN HIS 1957 RED NOMAD. AGAIN: SQUEALS FROM THE KIDS! WHEN HE WASN’T FEELING WELL BECAUSE OF HIS MANY ROUNDS OF OF CHEMOTHERAPY, RADIATIION, OR SURGERY, HE ENJOYED WATCHING CAR AUCTIOINS, CAR SHOWS, CAR RACING. CAR RENOVATIONS, ETC. WE CALLED IT “CAR PORN.” AS A BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR THROUGHOUT HIS ADULT LIFE, HE WAS ALWAYS INVOLVED WITH CARS AND OWNED SEVERAL CAR REPAIR SHOPS SPECIALIZING IN BMW’S. BAVARIAN BODY WORKS AND WHEEL WIZARD WERE TWO OF HIS BUSINESSES. HE ALSO OWNED SEVERAL REAL ESTATE PROPERTIES – BECOMING ONE OF ATLANTA’S EARLY ENTREPRENEURS IN “FLIPPING” HOUSES. AFTER MARRYING SYLVIA AT THE FOX THEATRE ON JUE 4, 1994, WENDELL ADDED TO HIS MANY INTERESTS BY SUBSCRIBING TO THE THE CLASSICAL AND POPULAR MUSIC PROGRAMS OF THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. IN CONTRAST WITH BUT WITH NO LESS ENTHUSIASM, HE BECAME A MAJOR SUPPORTER OF THE GEORGIA BULLDOGS AND CHEERED THEM ON FROM THEIR SEASON TICET SEATS FOR THIRTYI YEARS. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, SYLVIA ROBERTS DAVIDSON; HIS DAUGHTER, LARA DAVIDSON; STEP-SON, JASON EWING;DAUGHTER-IN-LAW KATE EWING; SISTER, WINNEFRED NEELEY, SISTER KAREN DAVIDSON;GRANDDAUGHTERS JOLIE CAZENAVE, LIELLE CAZENAVE; AND RACHEL KIM; AND MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND COUSINS. GRAVESIDE SERVICE WILL BE AT ARLINGTON MEMORIAL PARK IN SANDY SPRINGS, GA AT 10:00 AM ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020. FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THIS OUTDOOR CELEBRATION OF WENDELL’S LIFE.

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Graveside Service: August 14, 2020 10:00 am - August 14, 2020 11:00 am

Arlington Memorial Park
201 Mt. Vernon Hwy NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30328


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  1. Wendell was generous, a man of many talents, he enjoyed a great sense of humor, and always maintained a thoughtful perspective. He was blessed by his devoted bride, Sylvia. We will miss him.

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