James M. "Jim" Davenport

07/02/1947 - 06/27/2015 Obituary
James M. "Jim" Davenport Obituary
Jim Davenport, who passed away June 27, 2015 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born July 2, 1947 in Clarksville, Arkansas and was a resident of Bakersfield, California for 53 years, he moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas 8 years ago. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife Pamela; father and mother Leon and Sarah; and brother Jerry Davenport. He is survived by his two sons; Jason and Christopher Davenport; daughter and son-in-law Alyssa (Davenport) and Chris Hall; and his 2 grandchildren Alexis and Jaxson Hall. He is also survived by his sister and husband Judy and Don Gill; and many nieces and nephews. Jim also leaves behind many friends who were like family, who will always remember his kind, gentle soul and unconditional love and kindness.
Jim spent his youth working in the family business, Leon Davenport Auto Sales where he developed a love of cars. He eventually went on to open 2 businesses of his own: Jim Davenport Auto Sales and Davenport Automotive where he enjoyed serving his friends and customers for many years. He was a long time member of the Mustang Owner's Club and enjoyed showing his '67 Shelby Mustang GT 500 at many events. Jim met his soulmate, Pam (Edwards) in the spring of 1975 on a blind date and proposed 2 days later. They were married on June 7, 1975 and enjoyed every moment of their lives together. Jim was a man of unconditional love who adored his family. He enjoyed spending time supporting his kids in the Standard Middle School Marching Band Boosters, where he volunteered for many years after the kids moved on. Jim loved children and the sound of their laughter; he made a positive impact on so many young people and will be remembered for his warm, gentle nature. Jim's family enjoyed spending time together, camping, trips to Disneyland and welcoming their friends and family for home-cooked meals, served with more than a side of brussel sprouts, but seasoned with lots of laughter and unconditional love. Jim was famous for his sense of humor; always joking and story-telling, he loved the sound of laughter and his kids always delivered. Most recently, Jim became a proud grandfather of 2; Alexis and Jaxson, who were his pride and joy. They spoke to "Papa" on the phone every day when he was not with them in person. Jim began spending a few months of the year living with his daughter and son-in-law in Bakersfield, CA to spend more time with his babies. Jim's legacy lives on in his grandchildren who share his mischievous grin, boisterous laugh and twinkle in their eyes.
Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Please join Jim's family in celebrating memories of a life well lived with food and fellowship on Monday evening.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 7, 2015
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