Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 8, 2013

Fred B. Davenport

The Athens Review

Athens — ATHENS-Services for Fred B. Davenport, 83, Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m.,Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev, Fred Rogers officiating.

Mr. Davenport died Nov. 7, 2013 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Burial will be in Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Houston.

He was born July 4, 1930 in Brady to the late Charles Burl and Lora Hart Davenport. Fred graduated from Galena Park High School, and attended San Jacinto Junior College. He served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Estes during the Korean conflict, and received an honorable discharge.

He was retired from Emery Airfreight in Houston after 20 years of service, then moving to Victoria where he retired from Victoria Independent School District.

Fred was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Schroeder 18 years before moving to Athens 10 years ago. He was a current active member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher and member of the Caresciples group.

Fred enjoyed salt water fishing on the Texas coast where he was known to always catch the BIG redfish every summer vacation trip. He was also an avid golfer when his health permitted.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Eileen Pilkinton.

Fred is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Lynette Davenport; daughters Susan Dean, Stagecoach, Gayla Starnes, Houston; sons Randy Davenport and Dr. Michael Davenport, Humble, Tommy Davenport, Satsuma, Ala.; stepson Todd Nitsche, Athens; stepdaughter Bonnie Laughlin, Houston; sister Betty Kendrick, Waco; 14 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Garrett Nitsche, Dustin James, Shawn Schiller, Nathan DeLos Santos, Chris Davenport and Collin Davenport.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,  Monday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 451 Lila Lane, Athens, TX 75751.

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