Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1951

Henry Davenport HENRY VIRGIL DAVENPORT JR., 89, of Alvin, TX went home to be with the Lord with family by his side on Sept. 23, 2022 at his home, with interment at Oak Park Cemetery in Alvin. Henry was born March 20, 1933 in Ranger, TX and was a resident of Alvin for 50 plus years. He was a longtime employee of Hunt Oil Company working as an Oilfield Production Foreman & retired in 1999. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Hancock (CVA19) aircraft carrier. He was a long standing member of the VFW, American Legion and the Texas State Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and many other outdoor activities. Henry was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, where he served the Lord Our God as an Elder, Decon and Pastor. He loved and raised his children in the word of God. Henry attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1951 and the University of Texas at Austin and was forever a Texas Longhorn....Hook'em Horns! He is preceded in death by his wife, Leona Pruitt Davenport (RHS-1958); parents, Henry V. and Lora Davenport Sr.; son-in-law, Wes Marty; daughter-in-law, Christina Davenport. Henry is survived by his daughters, Anita Marty, Linda DavenportSanders(John); son, James Davenport; grand- children, Mark Davenport (Alyssa), Melissa Drago (Nikki), Jeff Sanders (Barbara), Laura Fowler (Michael), Ashley Hughes, Justin Moore, Jamie Ewald (Cody), Leah Davenport, Christian Davenport and Jason Davenport; 15 great-grand- children; along with numerous other friends & relatives. FATHER: HENRY VIRGIL DAVENPORT, SR. was born Feb. 14, 1878 in Coryell County, TX. He married Lora Edith Madewell in 1906. She was born March 25, 1888 in Myrtel, MO, & died Aug. 22, 1987 in Ranger, TX. They had one son, Henry Virgil Davenport Jr. (RHS-1951) who was born in Ranger, TX. Henry Sr. was Eastland County's Precinct 1 County Commission for 14 years. Some of his many duties were to oversee the county's roads and their upkeep, build and upkeep bridges, to oversee the county hospital up on the hill, release first deer stock on the Allen Ranch, and was instrumental along with Rip Galloway in getting the state to approve the building of the road across the Lake Leon Dam. Henry, Sr. was in his earlier years a member of the town band, and a member of the Methodist Church of Ranger. In later years he owned a small local grocery and was employed by Owen Bray of Ranger. Henry, Sr. was truly interested in the people of Ranger and assisted them in whatever way he could. Henry, Sr. died Feb. 15, 1968 in Ranger and was survived by his wife, Lora Davenport of Ranger, son H.V. Davenport, Jr., daughter-in law, Leona P. Davenport (RHS-1958), two grand- daughters Anita and Linda Davenport, & one grandson, James C. Davenport, all of Kinder, LA. and many other relatives of Ranger.