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East Sanford Baptist Church
Saturday January 13th, 2018

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St Luke United Methodist Church
Saturday January 13th, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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John Thomas Davenport, Jr

John Thomas “Tommy” Davenport Jr, 87 of Sanford peacefully passed away Thursday January 11, 2018 surrounded by his family. A Memorial service will be held at 3:00pm Saturday at St Luke United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the Davenport Christian Life Center.


Mr. Davenport was a lifelong resident of Sanford, son of the late John Thomas Davenport Sr and Eunice Adams “Preacher” Davenport. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Gibbs Davenport. Mr. Davenport graduated from Sanford High School and attended UNC Chapel Hill and loved his Tar Heels. He was Chairman and CEO of JT Davenport & Sons, now Core-Mark, a local Wholesale Distributor. He was a lifelong member of St Luke United Methodist Church and a member of the Moffitt-Hoyle-Jones Sunday School Class. He was involved with Boy Scouts of America, Sanford Jaycees, Sanford Elks Lodge, Sanford Rotary Club and a founding member of Lee County YMCA. Mr. Davenport loved his home and community but he was happiest at Oak Island spending time by the ocean.


Mr. Davenport is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Jean Cox Davenport; daughters, Troye Davenport, and Toni Davenport Morse (David) of Sanford; sons, John Davenport III, Mark Davenport (Mary) of Sanford, and Paul Davenport of Oak Island; six grandchildren, Sara Hyde (Justin), Christian Davenport (Ashley),  Jack, Sophie, Luke, and Sam Davenport; five great-grandchildren, Kinsey, Lexie, Oliver, Hazel, and Mollie; and his beloved dog “Tinker”.


Memorial contributions can be made to St Luke United Methodist Church, 2916 Wicker St., Sanford, NC 27330.

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Jean, Mark and Paul...so sorry for your loss, Tommy was an awesome man, do anything for anyone at anytime, truly a rarity these days.

LC Carroll ( Georgia) Feb 3 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Davenport Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Times like this can be very difficult to deal with. At times, you may feel like there is no one to turn to. You may even feel like no one understands your pain. But there is one person we can turn to that can help us through all of our trials. Yes, God can help you during this difficult time. Pray to him constantly and he will help you. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Isa. 26:19)

M.W. Jan 29 2018 12:00 AM

My sympathy to all the family for your loss. Was unable to attend service, but prayers are with you.

Patty Baldwin-Kivett Jan 25 2018 12:00 AM

Sending my condolences and love to the entire Davenport family. Tommy will certainly be missed. What an inspirational man to all Lee County and beyond.

Mary Baker Dawkins Jan 22 2018 12:00 AM

God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you,..'I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)

Rachel Morton Jan 18 2018 12:00 AM

Toni And Family Praying For You And Your Family

Phil Register Jan 15 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Davenport, Jr

Jack and Betty and John Oldham(Oak Island,NC) Jan 15 2018 12:00 AM

To the Davenport family I send my sympathies for your loss. Tommy was a great man to work for and treated everyone alike. Sorry I missed his services, but was out of town. Again, very sorry for your loss.

Charlie Leto Jan 15 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Davenport, Jr

Sharon R Bowles Jan 14 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear this. What a great man. He will be missed. Praying for the family.

Cindy Hall Jan 14 2018 12:00 AM

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