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George Thomas "Tom" Davenport, 92, of Calhoun, GA, died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Gordon Health Care, following several years of declining health. He was born in Rocky Mount, NC on March 14, 1926, son of the late Thurston and Bonnie Davenport. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ruth Parker Davenport; brothers, Ashley Davenport, Bill Davenport, and Herman Davenport; sisters, Viola, Mattie, Edith, and Stella; and a grandchild, Sarah.
Tom was a veteran, serving his country in the US Army. He taught Sunday School for 48 years. He would go out of his way to help anyone who needed anything. Tom worked 14 hour days to ensure that all his children had the opportunity to go to college. He was a catcher on a semi-pro baseball team before he went into the Army. He would do anything for his church, Second Baptist Church of Waycross, including participating in a beauty contest. Tom was a great storyteller, a gifted upholsterer, and one of the kindest and gentlest men you could ever meet, until dementia robbed him of his ability to think clearly.
Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, George Davenport, Jr. of Richmond, VA, and Donny and Winny Davenport of Silver Springs, MD; his daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Ed Grune of Mansfield, TX, and Susan and Bob Williams of Calhoun, GA; a brother, William Davenport of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren, Greg, Lisa, Julie, Eddie, and Ruth; great-grandchildren, Rafe and Ean, and Corrie Grune; and special neighbors, Kay and Luther Tilghman.
A Memorial Service to honor the life of George Thomas Davenport will be held Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 PM, from Second Baptist Church of Waycross, with Rev. Derwin Griffin officiating. Inurnment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday, May 5th, from 2:00 PM until the service hour of 3:00 PM.
The family would like to thank all his caregivers at Baptist Village, Morning Pointe, and Gordon Health Care, as well as his sitters, Debbie Henry and Kathy Proper.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you donate time to the church or charity of your choice, in Tom’s memory.
Online condolences may be left at www.maxbrannonandsons.com. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun.