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Ted Davis (WB4CAB)

April 6, 2011

Contributed by: Arnold Solomon (KC4ZUA)

Ted Davis was one of my very first victims, er, students in the early days of my ham radio classes. These classes started early in 1974 at the very beginning of the CB Radio boom. I was a shiny new Assistant Manager at a Lafayette Radio And Electronics store in Buckhead, an Atlanta suburb. Ted was one of my customers who had already developed some frustration with CB as a viable method of communications in an emergency. I told Ted about amateur radio and Ted was hooked. He wanted to know where he could get help getting his license. That is when I felt the Elmer hook being set in my mouth! Ted had several friends that he brought by the store to nag for a class. Well we started the class right there in the store after hours. Ted's circle of recruits had grown to 37 people!! To make a long story short, They all made through Novice and more than 30 made it to General and Advanced. That started a series of classes that lasted over 4 years. Ted stayed a close friend for 37 years. Our mutual pastime was getting the other one into hot water and any kind of aggrivation we could conjure for each other. Sort of like being brothers. I last saw Ted at the Kennehootchie Hamfest on March 19. He was healthy and frisky. He was even considering un-retiring as a Deputy Sheriff. Needless to say, Ted's untimely demise has left his many friends feeling a lot lonelier and very sad. I will miss his ability to "stir the pudding" and to generally lighten life up for everyone who knew him. 73 Tedster, R.I.P. Cal K4JSR

Contributed by: Carroll F. Neff, Jr. AKA "CAL" (K4JSR)

Well I first met Ted, WB4CAB in 1975. I used to catch him and a friend of his, Jerry, WA4AJS ('Always Jumping Side-ways) on the 146.88 machine. One nite Ted invited me to join him and Jerry at the Pizza Hut, up from Cumberland Mall. Well I really enjoyed chatting with the both of them. Again yaking on the 146.88 machine, I would run into the two of them heading for the Pizza Hut, and of course I joined in with them. About 2-3 years later Jerry passed away suddenly and this really upset Ted A lot-He was a lot closer to Jerry than I was. After that Ted and I difted apart, since I moved to Snellville and Ted in Marietta. But I would always see Ted's smiling face at all the hamfest and at the ARC luncheons when I could make them. Everytime I would see Ted, He was always up-beat, smiling and laughing. He always had a good out-look on life, and that was passed on to his other friends!! Ted never meet a person he did not like instantly!! I will surely miss my ol' ham friend over the course of some 36 years !! Thanks to Ham Radio that made this all possible!! 73's - Mike - K4LMS

Contributed by: Mike Combs (K4LMS)

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