Family: Husband, Benny Davis, and son, Douglas Davis. They have two cats, Sir Dudley and Sissy.
Occupation: Optician, owner of Linda’s Eyeware.
Blount County-native Linda Davis is about to celebrate her favorite time of year. She will know it has arrived by the position of the sun as she drives home to Townsend each night.
“It’s a relaxing time,” says Davis. “It takes me at least 25 minutes to get home, and it’s relaxing. When I drive home in the evening in October, I notice the sunsets more, and it’s beautiful,” she says.
While driving home from work is relaxing, coming to Maryville, where her office is in The Law Building, former home of Law’s Interiors, is also beautiful, she says, especially when fog enshrouds the area. “In the morning, we have fog until you come to the Walland cut. As you are coming out of the Walland cut, that’s when you usually see the sun, and that’s a beautiful site to see,” she says.
Davis lives in Townsend, in the same town where she grew up. “I have lived here forever. I went to school at Townsend High School,” she says.
The area has changed since she was a little girl. “We have a four-lane now, which we did not have, and there’s more traffic. Tourism has made it grow. I enjoy where I am,” she says. “I don’t want it too big. I want it to grow, but not a lot.”
There’s a reason so many people have moved to the area. “The people who have moved here are from all over,” she says. “They find a good thing and know they want to come here.”
Living in Townsend, which is marketed as “The Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” Davis says often people come there trying to get away from the hectic pace. “I think we’re all in a very busy time in our lives, and we don’t take time to appreciate what is around us until something major happens,” she says. “That’s when we realize that it’s the small things that count.”
Here is Linda Elm Davis:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“Probably my dad, Douglas Burce. He was more soft spoken.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“It’s a movie quote: ‘I don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies, Miss Scarlett,’ from Gone with the Wind.
How do you like your steak cooked?
What are you guilty of?
“Starting too may projects at one time.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My swimming pool. It’s the most relaxing thing I can do for myself.”
What are you reading currently?
“90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper. It’s a good book, short, but sweet. It is a true story about a minister who has a car crash on the way home, dies, this other minister prays for him and he comes back.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“I’ve never had one so far unless it was in college when I fell down the steps. You should see how fast you can bounce back - very graceful.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“Tell all my family and friends how much I love them and what they mean to me in my life.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Caring. I try to fix things. I’m a fixer.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“My height. I’d want to be taller.”
What is your passion?
“My passion is to enjoy life to the fullest and help others each day.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My aunt, Kathleen Robinson. She passed away 13 years ago of cancer.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“Sally Fields. She is a down-to-earth person.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would probably go back to 1974 when my son was born. He’s the greatest joy in my life.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“A gold locket from my mother on my 8th birthday. I still have that gift.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Do the best you can and believe in what you do.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
“In a way you want to be more powerful, I think, because you can get things accomplished.”
Who is your hero?
“My husband. He is always there for me when I’m sick and is always encouraging.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Neither. Much better at face-to-face.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“I’m a cat person. Cats take care of themselves, and you can go on vacation, set food out and have someone check on them, and they’re fine. You don’t have to put them in a kennel.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I’ve never had a bad job. I’ve enjoyed every job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s a good learning experience, and I’ve enjoyed each of them.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You. I will always love my husband and am reminded when I hear that song.