James Houston “Jimmie” Davis

James Houston “Jimmie” Davis

Beech Springs, Jackson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 5 Nov 2000 (aged 101)
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial Jonesboro, Jackson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 6370060 · View Source
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Musician, Louisiana Governor. He was a singer, guitar player best known as the composer of one of America's best loved songs, ''You Are My Sunshine'' (1940). Before entering politics, he had a commercially successful career in country music with hits to include "Nobody's Darling but Mine", "Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland", "There's A Gold Mine In The Sky", "Is It Too Late Now" and many more. In 1944, he was elected as a Democrat the 47th Governor of Louisiana. He was again elected Governor of Louisiana, serving (1960-64). During his first term in office, he established a State Retirement System and funding of more than $100 million in public improvements while leaving the state with a $38 million surplus. In his second term, the Sunshine Bridge was built, new hospitals were built, roads were improved, raised teachers' salaries and set up the state's first civil service system. He died of natural causes at age of 101. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame. In 1999, "You Are My Sunshine" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award as one of the best songs of the century and "You Are My Sunshine" was ranked number 73 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Houston “Jimmie” Davis (11 Sep 1899–5 Nov 2000), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6370060, citing Jimmie Davis Tabernacle Cemetery, Jonesboro, Jackson Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .