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The Handyman Can: George Davis offers one-stop shop of fix-it
By Stan Johnson, Staff Writer

If your house needs repair, George Davis of Morristown says he can take care of it. Known as Mr. Handyman, he has been riding to the rescue of homeowners since 1994.

Davis is a Morristown native, the son of a preacher, who was the youngest of 17 children in his family. He said he has no formal training in home repair, but learned it all on the job, starting when he was a child.

"My dad, he always made us kids work. Iíd repair stuff for family and friends when I was real young," Davis said.

Today he does, "all kinds of repair work to homes. I tell everybody itís a one stop shop. Whatever you need, we can do it. We donít have any one thing we focus on."

A graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West, he worked at factory jobs a while, then worked for two concrete companies, one of them owned by his brother. Finally, he went into business for himself.

When he isnít busy with home repairs, he is busy with plenty of other things. When he was no more than a toddler he found he liked to beat on things and pretend they were drums.

"When I was little, I used to play on metal trash can lids, on the stove or pots and pans," he said.

He was 8 or 9 when his parents finally got him some real drums and heís been playing them ever since. Music ran in the family and for years they had a family gospel group.

"I played in the gospel group for a lot of years," he said. "We used to do a lot of traveling to New York, down to Florida and Georgia."

As family members aged, the group finally settled down, but he still plays drums at his church, non-denominational Restoration Church, where his son is the pastor.

Church is far from his only weekend activity. For the past several years he has had a handyman call-in show on WCRK radio from 9:30 to 10 on Saturday mornings. The program is also broadcast online, so the calls he takes are not all from the Lakeway Area.

"We get calls from California, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., all over," he said.

Sunday mornings he is back on the air again, with a different kind of programming. His family has been broadcasting gospel music for more than 30 years and he still maintains the tradition on WMTN from 7:30 to 8 each Sunday.

Davis is married to Vicky, the girl he first dated as a teenager.

"Her granddad and my dad use to preach together," he said.

He almost had some competition in the beginning. He and a friend both had their eyes on Vicky. They finally flipped a coin to see which of them could ask her for a date.

"Weíve been together for over 40 years," Davis said.

Today, Vicky takes care of the office and bookwork for Mr. Handyman. The couple has two children, Micah and Branda, and four grandchildren.

Davis has the nickname of Bubble.

"My mom and aunt stuck that on me when I was a baby," he said. So many people know him by the nickname, he even has it painted on the side of his truck.

Despite his busy schedule, Davis considers the family and church the most important in his life.

"I really enjoy family time," he said.

Mr. Handyman can be contacted by calling 423-581-8880.

       

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