Tina Gaston Davis' roots run deep in Tanner Williams where she was born and still lives. She attended Tanner Williams School, as did her parents before her. And when the old school celebrates its 100th birthday in 2015, Davis, a member of the Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society, will be in the thick of things, volunteering wherever she is needed.
"Some of my fondest memories are of the May Day celebration that took place the first Saturday of May. The May Day (royalty) coronation was always a Grand Event in our community," Davis said.
"I grew up watching my parents and their friends give selflessly, volunteering for any cause they deemed worthy. And that's where I learned a spirit of giving," she said of her willingness to donate her time and talent for the good of her community and neighbors.
As much as she loves her hometown, Davis is equally devoted to Semmes, where she owns her own business, Harmony Development. And Semmes is where she does a great deal of volunteer work.
She has served for the past couple of years as vice president of Semmes Woman's Club. As a SWC member, she has helped with fundraising for Semmes Senior Center and with "all the other wonderful projects we do each year, such as sponsoring Citizenship Awards for students in area public schools and hosting the Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour," she said.
Currently, Davis is acting as the Intermediate Executive Director of the Semmes Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, she said, will assume sponsorship of the highly popular and well attended Semmes Azalea Festival, scheduled for the second Saturday in March 2015.
"We hope the Festival will give businesses a chance to let the community know that they support the people who do business with them," she said.
Tina and Mark Davis have been married 27 years and have two children and one grandchild.