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Johnny Gordon (John) Davenport
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Mr. Johnny Gordon (John) Davenport, 61, of Covington, died June 15. The son of Mr. Hobert T. L. Davenport and the late Margie Louise Davis Davenport, he was born in Newton County. He graduated from Newton County High School and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Mr. Davenport was a faithful member of Christ Cornerstone Church where he served as usher. He loved God, his pastor and his church family. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in the yard and building anything.

Mr. Davenport was a die-hard Tech fan and loved coaching the boy's baseball team, taking his first team to the World Series. Mr. Davenport never met a stranger and was considered by his children to be the smartest man they ever knew, their hero and best friend. He loved his children and especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren. Mr. Davenport was preceded in death by granddaughter Mandie Davenport.

Surviving are best friend and wife of 25 years LaVerne Davenport of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Craig and Denise Davenport, Donnie and Kelley Davenport, Marshal and Jill Davenport, Phil and Michelle Phillips, all of Covington; daughter and son-in-law Deneen and Stephen Plunkett of Covington; grandchildren Adam Davenport, Kayli Davenport, T.J. Davenport, Scott Davenport, Payton Davenport, Hunter Phillips, Hagen Phillips, Drew Plunkett; parents Hobert and Minnie Davenport; mother-in-law Martha Hewell; sister Michelle and Kenny Watt, all of Covington; brothers and sister-in-law Jerry Davenport of Covington, Chris and Kathy Hopkins of Jacksonville, Fla.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 17 in the Access Road chapel of Caldwell & Cowan with Pastor Darrell Payne and the Rev. Herman Goddard officiating. Interment followed at Lawnwood Memorial park. The family requests that donations be made to Christ Cornerstone Church Building Fund.

The Covington News
June 18, 2008