Davenport Jr., Charles Milton Passed away Friday, February 14, in Bryan, Texas. He was 87 years old. Born to Charles and Edith Davenport on September 29, 1926, Charlie spent most of his formative years in Holly Springs, Texas, in the county of Jasper. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a school principal, placed a strong emphasis on education as they raised Charlie and his sister, ensuring that both would have the opportunity to go to college. With the help of an ROTC scholarship, Charlie went to Texas A&M at age 16; however, his studies were interrupted when his entire class was called into military service during World War II. Charlie served in the Army Air Corps and later, during the Korean War, he served in the OSI division of the Air Force. The Korean Conflict delayed his graduation ceremony; however, Texas A&M lists him among the graduating class of 1947. Charlie fell in love with Martha Cook, a Dallas native. They married in 1957 and later moved to the suburb of Richardson, where they raised their two children. During most of this time, Charlie worked at First Southwest Company until he retired as Comptroller-Vice President in 1993. After retirement, he and Martha traveled as often as they could, including some trips abroad. Their favorite vacations, however, were in the mountains of the American Northwest. In 2010, they moved to Bryan. Preceding Charlie in death are his parents, Charles and Edith Davenport, and his daughter-in-law, Sheri Spittler-Davenport. Charlie is survived by his sister, Rose Marie "Winkie" Bouldin; his wife, Martha Davenport; his son, John Davenport; his daughter, Susan Letney; his son-in-law, Brad Letney; his grandchildren, William Davenport and Olivia Letney; his friend and brother-in-law, Bill Bouldin; his nephew, Charles Bouldin; his nieces, Betsy Williamson, Pam Lawson, and Paula Spencer; and his cousin, Edith Lynn Watson. Restland Funeral Home will host a visitation for family and friends on Wednesday, February 19, from 6 to 8 PM. His funeral will be at Restland Wildwood Chapel on Thursday, February 20 at 12:30PM.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 18, 2014