NORMAN ELTON DAVENPORT, 86, died Aug. 13, 2001,
in Oklahoma City, OK with burial at Cedar Hills
Cemetery there. He was born May 10, 1915, son of
Lottie Stewart & Daniel Howard Davenport. Norman
attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1932
at Ranger, TX. He had a brother, Francis Elmer
Davenport, who died of appendicitis in Ranger in
1931 at the age of 13. His mother, Lottie Davenport,
was a longtime nurse at the West Texas Clinic in
Ranger & managed the Marston Building apartments.
He is survived by a daughter, Janice Kay Davenport,
of Bellevue, Washington, and step-children from his
second marriage. His wife, Reba Wershing Davenport,
died in 1974, and his second wife, Jane Davenport,
died in 1999. He was a first cousin to Jack Waddington
(RHS-1949). Norman was cremated and his ashes buried
alongside that of his two wives.
He was a much decorated career U.S. Army Officer who
retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served 33 months
with the First Cavalry in the Pacific Theater in WWII
and eleven months in-country during the Korean Conflict
and, later, served three years in France and Germany. He
was an avid fisherman/hunter and sports enthusiast. He
graduated from Ranger High School in 1932 and attended
Ranger Junior College and earned a BE from the University
of Omaha, NE.
MOTHER: LOTTIE STEWART DAVENPORT, 78, died in March of
1973 following a lengthy illness. Interment was in Old
Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, TX.
Born May 24, 1894, in Weatherford, TX, Mrs. Davenport has
resided in Ranger, TX for the past 50 years and was a nurse
in Ranger hospitals for about 35 years. She was a member of
the First Christian Church.
Survivors at the time of her death are a son, Lt. Col. (Ret)
Norman E. Davenport of Oklahoma City, OK; two brothers, Bob
H. Stewart of Fort Worth and Lawrence Stewart of Mineola;
one sister, Mrs. Lloyd S. (Eunice) Waddington of Ranger;
one granddaughter, Janice Kay Davenport of Oklahoma City, OK.