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Robert Davenport

ROCK HILL -- Mr. Robert Lee Davenport, 79, of 1920 Ebenezer Road, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Mr. Davenport was born Oct. 15, 1928, the only son of the late Lee Thomas and Helen Williams Davenport. He was the retired owner of Long Life Lighting Company in Jacksonville, Fla. An avid genealogist, he was a coordinator of Pamunkey Davenport Family Association and a contributor to The Pamunkey Davenport Chronicles. He made lots of friends wherever he lived and across the U.S. following the Davenport Clan. He also was a member and descendant of the Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Davenport devoted his retirement to taking care of his mother.

Mr. Davenport is survived by his son, Steven Davenport and wife, Jeanne, of Orange Park, Fla.; two daughters, Leah Rowland and husband, Donald, of McConnells, S.C., and Karen Rua and husband, Julius, of Sharon, S.C.; his former wife and dear friend, Charlie Tully of Bowling Green, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Rua and wife, Linda, April Isgett and husband, James, Lynsey Peterson and husband, Randy, Justin Rowland and wife, Racquel, Laura Davenport, Susan Davenport and Jennifer Davenport; and four great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Rua Jr., Carson Isgett, Gabriel Peterson and Jarred Rua. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Candace Ann Rua.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008, at Bethesda Presbyterian Church with the Rev. James Gable officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Greene Funeral Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill and in Hopkinsville on Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Maddux Fuqua Hinton Funeral Home. Burial will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday March 16, 2008, at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association Upstate SC Chapter, 114 East Earle St., Anderson, SC 29621-5602 or to Second Baptist Church, West 7th St., Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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