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Richard “Rick” Astin Davidson, 65, passed away at his family home in Cataula, Georgia surrounded by family, friends and his dogs on Tuesday, September 20th.
Services will be held on Wednesday, September 28th, at 2:00 at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church: 4026 Macon Road, Columbus, GA.
Rick was born in Columbus, GA on November 29th, 1956, to Charles and Betty Davidson. He was the youngest of three sons.
Rick was a 1975 graduate of Kendrick High School. His work career spanned 47 years starting with Royal Crown Cola at 18. He worked in the Soft Drink, Dairy and Tobacco business and made friendships that lasted his lifetime. He was affectionately known as the Milkman and lastly as the Marlboro man. He made an impact on everyone he met as he was always ready with a smile and a helping hand.
Rick married Pam McMillan, on April 9th, 1983. Together they had 2 sons, Jarrod and Patrick. They have enjoyed 39 wonderful years together traveling, building a home and investing heavily in rescuing the German Shepherd population. He loved his family, his friends, the beach, his saltwater fishing time and Miller time. He especially loved time with his boys and had a yearly tradition of NASCAR at Daytona that always involved the Hooters tent. He was the center of family holiday traditions and would welcome everyone to the party complete with an outdoor redneck kitchen. He showed his love by cooking for you. If you were under the weather, he would bring you either his famous smoked Boston Butt or Ribs with homemade BBQ sauce to help your healing.
Rick is preceded in death by his father, Charles Davidson and brother, Steve Davidson.
He is survived by his mother Betty Davidson, adoring and wonderful wife, Pam, his two sons, Jarrod of Fort Walton Beach, FL. and Patrick of Cataula, GA., brother Mike Davidson, his cousin Matt Davidson and his partner Kennon McCollum of Atlanta, GA, his extended McMillan, Collins and Davidson families and many loved lifelong friends.
Rick loved to laugh and loved life. He didn’t want us to mourn, but to celebrate his life. We ask that you share good stories, watch Alabama football and toast Rick with an ice-cold beer. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
In memoriam, donations can be made to St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4026 Macon Road, Columbus, Ga. 31907.
The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation – Columbus, and requests that you share a fond memory below.