The 'Chicken Wing King' dies at 64 years old

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Updated: 9/18/2013 12:43 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) – Willie Davison, co-founder of Hot August Nights and founder of the Chicken Wing Cook-Off passed away on Sunday.

In 2002, he founded the Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-Off, an event he ran through 2013 at various Reno-Sparks locations, earning the nickname "Chicken Wing King." He was just 64 years old. 

Davison told the RGJ in 2011 that he faced challenges from diabetes and brain tumor removal.


William "Willie" Ray Davison
September 12, 1949
September 15, 2013

Willie Davison, son, brother, husband, dad, Papa, Big Willie, Duplex, friend, fat bastard, King NCAH, Chicken Wing King, sweet William, wild wonderful Willie...

William Ray Davison was born in Sugarland, Texas, and died at home in Sparks, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Amanda Rose and his dad C. R. "Jr." Davison. He is survived by his mother Ida Mae Taylor, his brother Chuck Davison, his mother-in-law Esther Faircloth and friend Bruce Bayne - all of Las Vegas. He leaves behind his family of 43 years - JoD, daughter Jennifer Rae, son William Davison and daughter-in-law Adrienne and his heart's joy, his granddaughters Delana and Lillie. He is survived too by Nikki, Jon, Taylor and Spencer Brandt of Michigan. The Davison and Faircloth family extends to a great number of brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Willie was thankful for many dear friends and associates (if there were room, your name would be here) who helped him dream, who shared the beer, the cheer and the laughter. These friends carry the stories of softball and football games, umpiring, travels, Hot August Nights, the music and dancing at Willie D's, The Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-off, and the general crazy antics that reached and entertained a wider circle. If you knew Willie you know the larger than life ego and you know his heartaches. You understand that these few words inadequately tell his story. To those of you who will miss Willie, Be Well in the Spirit!

Please join us in remembrance and celebration of Willie Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Sparks Recreation Dept Event Center on 98 Richards Way. We're having a party; come share your story.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Delana and Lillie's education fund. Wells Fargo Delana Pennington account #9817174478 or please make a donation to your favorite charity . - See more at:
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Wildfish - 9/18/2013 1:30 PM
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Willie, It was wonderful knowing you, had a great time playing softball and giving you the what for while you were umpiring. Love the early days of Hot August Nights and seeing you at the A&W drive-in. You were always fun to be around and you will be missed by many! Rest in Peace Willie Ray!!!!

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