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Reception welcomes Judge Davis to Bradford County

Kathy Hobbs (far left), the widow of Judge Johnny Hobbs, talks to Judge R.B. Davis and his wife, Cecil.

Kathy Hobbs (far left), the widow of Judge Johnny Hobbs, talks to Judge R.B. Davis and his wife, Cecil.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Judge Richard “R.B.” Davis Jr. had the opportunity to meet Bradford County community leaders and personnel during a reception at the Bradford County Senior Center on Jan. 9.

Davis was appointed as county judge on Dec. 2, 2013, by Gov. Rick Scott to serve the remainder of Judge Johnny Hobbs’ term following Hobbs’ death on Aug. 7, 2013.

During the reception, Davis, who had his wife, Cecil, by his side, said he didn’t think he had ever received such a welcome.

“I’m delighted with the number of folks who sought us out and came to meet us,” Davis said. “It’s a very welcoming county.”

Kathy Hobbs, the widow of Johnny Hobbs, showed up as well, which impressed Davis.

“It’s really a great tribute to him that she would come out and do this,” Davis said. “A lot of widows wouldn’t be able to. She’s a terrific lady, she really is.”

Davis, who was a judge for the Florida Army National Guard and appointed to the Hamilton County bench in 2004 by then Gov. Jeb Bush, was encouraged to apply for the position in Bradford County by longtime friend and Bradford County resident Butch Redding. Redding, his wife, Mary, and family hosted the reception.

“I think we’re very fortunate to get him,” Redding said. “I’ve known him for a long time. He’s one of the most honorable men that I’ve ever met.”

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier says hello to Judge R.B. Davis.

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier says hello to Judge R.B. Davis.

Jack Hazen (right) shakes hands with Judge R.B. Davis.

Jack Hazen (right) shakes hands with Judge R.B. Davis.

Starke commissioner Danny Nugent (far right) talks with (from far left) Cecil Davis, Judge R.B. Davis and Butch Redding.

Starke commissioner Danny Nugent (far right) talks with (from far left) Cecil Davis, Judge R.B. Davis and Butch Redding.

Judge R.B. Davis (left) talks with Bradford County Property Appraiser Jimmy Alvarez.

Judge R.B. Davis (left) talks with Bradford County Property Appraiser Jimmy Alvarez.

Bradford County commissioner Ross Chandler (left) and Bradford County School Board member Archie Kittles chat during the reception.

Bradford County commissioner Ross Chandler (left) and Bradford County School Board member Archie Kittles chat during the reception.

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Toby Monaco greets Cecil Davis, the wife of Judge R.B. Davis.

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Toby Monaco greets Cecil Davis, the wife of Judge R.B. Davis.

Lamar Williams (left) and Judge R.B. Davis spent a few moments together.

Lamar Williams (left) and Judge R.B. Davis spent a few moments together.

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith (left) converses with Ted McFetridge, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith (left) converses with Ted McFetridge, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Judge R.B. Davis (far right) meets Will Sexton, the attorney for Bradford County, and Rachel Rhoden, deputy county manager.

Judge R.B. Davis (far right) meets Will Sexton, the attorney for Bradford County, and Rachel Rhoden, deputy county manager.

Starke attorney Paul Sanders (far left) talks to Jacquelyn and John Totura.

Starke attorney Paul Sanders (far left) talks to Jacquelyn and John Totura.

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier (left) visits with Jack Hazen.

Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier (left) visits with Jack Hazen.

Judge R.B. Davis (right) and Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Toby Monaco applaud after a few words shared by Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Robert Roundtree Jr.

Judge R.B. Davis (right) and Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Toby Monaco applaud after a few words shared by Eighth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Robert Roundtree Jr.

Eddie Douglas (left) and Lamar Williams spend a few moments chatting at the start of the reception.

Eddie Douglas (left) and Lamar Williams spend a few moments chatting at the start of the reception.

Judge R.B. Davis (left) chats with Starke Police Department Capt. Barry Warren.

Judge R.B. Davis (left) chats with Starke Police Department Capt. Barry Warren.

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