Harding C. Davenport, 90, of McMinnville (Gath community) died Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla.
He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Murfreesboro and was a retired maintenance employee with Tennessee Department of Transportation, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Gath Baptist Church where he formerly served as church custodian. Mr. Davenport was preceded in death by parents, Ernest and Hattie Mae Goines Davenport, and brother, Tom Davenport.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice “Bea” Davenport; daughters, Dorothy and Jerry Foster of Mesquite, Texas, and Faye Braxton of McMinnville; grandchildren Kelly and Stacey Young and Amber Foster; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Brant, and Moore Young, stepchildren Linda and Jack Jones of Titusville, Fla., Rev. Michael and Brenda Cantrell of Milan, Ind., step-grandchildren Cyndi and Mark Vazquez, Robb and Carrie Jones, Timothy and Kathy Cantrell, Shawn and Lori Cantrell, and Kimberly and Greg Lega and step great-grandchildren Brandon Reader, Briana and Alexis Bonsal, Matthew and Isabella Vazquez, Madison, Mason, Mallory, Malachi, and Max Jones, and Jonathan, Lauria, Peyton, Nathan, and Natalie Cantrell.
Funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Gath Baptist Church. Rev. Ray Gilder and Rev. Michael Cantrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Gath Cemetery. The Davenport family will receive friends today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home and again Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at Gath Baptist Church, 6967 Smithville Highway, McMinnville, TN 37110. Family and friends will meet at the church Saturday. Online condolences may be made at www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com.
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Jan. 27, 2012