Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1930 RJC

DR. ALTON A. DAVENPORT, 92, of Lake Kiowa, died on March 28, 2004, with burial in Fairview Cemetery. He was born Aug. 19, 1911, to Albert S. and Maud Johnson Davenport in Ranger, TX. Throughout the years, Dr. Davenport, sometimes known as Doctor D. or Double A, had been known in Cooke County for loyalty and service to the community in many ways. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be fondly re- membered by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by all the many people whose lives he touched. He graduated from Ranger High School in the Class of 1930, attended Ranger Junior College, and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, becoming a representative for a pharmaceutical company. He later attended and graduated from the Texas Chiropractic College in San Antonio in 1939. He began his practice in Gainesville and several years later closed it and volunteered for the service, joining the army during World War II. Following this period, he returned to Gainesville and began his chiropractic practice. He was Texas Chairman of the Industrial Relations Committee of the National Chiropractic Association. He was awarded the Keeler Plaque by the Texas Chiropractic Association, being selected Chiropractor of the Year in 1955. He was twice elected president of the Red River Valley Chiropractic Association. Other involvements in Gainesville included membership of the city planning board, president of the Leopard Booster Club, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and president of the Shrine Club, Commander of the American Legion Post, member of the official board of the First United Methodist Church and a Sunday School teacher. He also held office in the district Boy Scouts of America program, president of the Boys Baseball Club, president of the Gainesville Riding Club, vice president of the Young Men's Civic League and president of the Gainesville Community Circus in 1946 and ringmaster of the circus for many years, president of the Gainesville Kiwanis Club in 1948, also founder of the Lake Kiowa Kiwanis Club with Art Oake. He was honored on May 30, 1998, at the Lake Kiowa Lodge by celebrating "Dr. Davenport's Day" by the Lake Kiowa Kiwanis Club. His professional care covered many years in his chiropractic practice, over 60 years. His compassion and love for his family, patients and friends was his only concern and his objective in life was serving and helping others. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He closed and sold his practice in 1998. Dr. Davenport married Ruby Jo (Trixie) Butler in Nov. of 1933, in Fort Worth, that service officiated by his brother, Rev. Lester Davenport. In 1987, he married Alta Louis Kuhn. He enjoyed golf, fishing and gardening before his health declined. Survivors include his wife, Alta Louise Davenport of Lake Kiowa; a son, Ron Davenport and a granddaughter, Brittany Davenport of Rhome; granddaughter and her husband, Tamera and Stuart Weiland and two great grandsons, Carson and Corbin Weiland, all of Montgomery; sister, Inez Moore of Graham; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Trixie Davenport; his parents; sisters, Olive Watt, Wilma Tooley, Lylia Woods; brothers, Rev. Lester Davenport, Marvin Davenport; and grandson, Michael Davenport.