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Antonio Davis – Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero for October

Antonio Davis is October's Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero!

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Antonio was born May 25, 1984, to the late David Davis and Vickie Davis in Camden, Ar. As a youth, Davis was member of the Girls and Boys Club. At an early age, Antonio joined Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Jacob Hayes Jr. As a youth at Pilgrim Rest, he served as a Jr. Deacon, Usher, sang in the choir, and was a drummer. In 2002, Antonio graduated from Camden Fairview High School. During his Years at Camden Fairview he participated in football, track, baseball, and band. After graduation, Antonio attended SAU Tech in Camden and SAU Magnolia.

Antonio started volunteer coaching while he was in high school. For 15 years, he volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club in Ouachita and Union counties, coaching baseball and basketball. Antonio coached in the Christian Sports Association of Camden, a youth mentoring and sports program. It was founded by former Director Emeritus, Elder Randolph Hegwood. Antonio served on the Boys and Girls Club Board. He currently serves on The YungLife Foundation of El Dorado Board as Chief Operations Officer, where Mr. Michael Young Sr. is the owner and CEO.

Under this foundation, Antonio has a Sports TV show titled "Inside High School Sports" that features young men, young women and coaches. It highlights their achievements, goals, and life experiences and can be viewed on YungLife Media Inc. Television. Antonio has seven years of radio broadcasting experience. He does color commentator for Camden Fairview football and basketball alongside the great Bishop J.R. Davis (mentor) at Y95. He is the voice of SAU Tech Rocket Basketball and the El Dorado Wildcats Basketball with Noalmark Broadcasting.

Antonio has served on the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention (CMBSC). In The Youth department of CMBSC he served as Activity Director and Teacher for the teenage boys. Davis served on both District and State levels as a Youth Leader and Teacher for the teenagers. He has taught in the Ouachita and Friendship Districts. Antonio was also a Youth Leader and Teacher in the Congress of Christian Education and The Baptist Youth Fellowship. He has been blessed with many positive people throughout the his life. Two key mentors in my life are Bishop Jacovis Davis and Deacon Theotis Phillip, both of Camden. Antonio has always believed in taking advantage of every opportunity God has given you.

Antonio has over fifteen years of management experience. He was a Produce Manager for Brookshire Grocery Company in Camden and Magnolia for eight years. He was a Facilities Manager for the Share Foundation for six years. Antonio worked for MCSA for twelve years as the Patient Access Manager. Antonio is currently employed with Community Health System (CHS) in Antioch, TN, in the Finance and Accounting Dept. Antonio is a Member of Douglas Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He serves a Deacon, plays the bass guitar and drums, and is an Assistant Youth Director. He is under the leadership of Pastor Freddrick Smith and Dr. D.L. Hegler, Pastor Emeritus. Antonio is married to Jamie Benton-Davis. Together, they reside in El Dorado, AR. They have one daughter, Alandria, an Industrial Systems Engineer at Raytheon in Dallas, TX. He has two sisters, Ramona Sanders and Alisa Johnson, and one brother, Nick Davis of Fort Worth, TX. One of Antonio's favorite quotes is: "If I can help somebody as I pass along, If I can cheer somebody with a word or a song, If I can show somebody he is traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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