GRAFTON—Throughout the years, many locals may have heard of the Taylor County Tie Man, Billy Davis, and have been touched by his kind heart.
Davis has collected neck ties throughout the years and now is on a mission with his brother to reach a goal, but needs help from the community to do so.
According to Joseph Davis, his brother is halfway to breaking the Guinness World Record for largest collection of ties.
The Tie Man has a collection of over 10,000 ties and it continues to grow each day from donations from people across the country thanks to J. Davis.
“I shared a post on Facebook asking my friends and family to share to help us reach this goal,” explained J. Davis. “Since then, we have had people from all over the country and here in West Virginia reach out to us wanting to help.”
B. Davis shared that he was just seven years old when he received a box of ties that led to many fond memories shared throughout their years.
From making carpets with the ties to playing cops and robbers, the brothers have an unbreakable bond and love for one another.
With such a large collection of ties many would be surprised that the tie collector extraordinaire can tell you a special memory behind every neck tie.
One of his favorite ties has a picture of him and his father at his graduation from Grafton High School.
B. Davis stores most of his collection neatly in 15 totes in his room, but has many placed throughout his room with pictures of family.
“I have ties from pastors, judges, teachers and school bus drivers. Every tie has a special memory,” he expressed.
He also shared that his collection includes a tie for every holiday and occasion you can think of.
With word going around the community about his goal, local business owner Tom Hart shared that he wanted the community to wear or bring a tie to last week’s First Friday event to help fill a wall at Buffalo Flats.
“Folks, Billy Davis, aka The Tie Man, has been collecting ties for many years. Let’s help this local young man set the new world record,” voiced Hart.
Since last week B. Davis has received close to 200 ties from packages from around the country and the community.
“This is the happiest I have ever seen him be,” commented J. Davis. “I won’t stop until I see his name in the history books.”
He shared that it’s not just about the world record, but also showing the world what they can do together.
J. Davis also shared that he is a veteran, but he considers his brother as his greatest hero and wants to the world to know how special he is.
If you would want to help B. Davis reach his goal and make history, please mail ties to Joseph Davis at 39 Kendall Drive, Grafton, WV 26354.
“I want my brother to be remembered forever because he deserves it,” voiced J. Davis. “Please help me get these ties for him so I can see my little brother go into history books forever.,”