Joe Donald “Don” Davenport died on February 2, 2021. He was 65.
Don was born on November 7, 1955 in Paris, Tennessee to Frances and RG Davenport.
After graduating from Henry County High School in 1974, he joined the United States Air Force where he served as Load Master on a C5 military aircraft. During his military career he estimated he traveled around the world seven times visiting numerous countries. Quite an adventure. He went on to graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a degree in aeronautical business.
After returning to Paris, he met his soulmate Rebecca Ann “Becky” Ball. His adventure continued when they married on May 16, 1992. Becky and Don welcomed their daughter Sarah Katherine in 1997. They were a close and loving family.
Don was able to continue his love of airplanes when he was honored to be employed as the airport manager of the Henry County Airport. He held this position for 22 years, retiring in 2020 due to declining health. He counted himself as one of the lucky ones, since he was blessed to work with his best friend, Gerald Lawrence, for those 22 years. Upon Don's retirement he was presented the Loyal Patriot Award by Henry County Mayor, Brent Greer.
Don's wonderful journey continued until the day he left this earth surrounded by family with Becky and Sarah Katherine holding his hands and whispering in his ears how much he was loved. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church of Paris where he and Becky shared their, time, talents and love for that church and congregation. John 17:33 seems to encapsulate Don's belief and trust in his Lord and Savior. " I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you may have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."
In addition to his wife and daughter he is survived by brothers, Rev. Al (Vivian) Jenkins of Lakeland, FL, David (Teresa) Jenkins of Paris, Phil (Mary Ann) Jenkins of Tuscon, AZ; and sister, Elaine (Brian) Walker of Paris. He also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Kathy (Dr. Scott) Portis, and Linda Dortch, both of Paris, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Also surviving are Sarah's fiancée, Josh Sevieri and his son, Marshall, grandchild to be.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.