Mr. Alton M. "Pete" Davenport, 89, of Gainesville died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
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A native of Hall County, Mr. Davenport was the son of the late John Morgan and Lillie Bell Davenport. He was one of the founders and co-owner, along with Paul Little, of the Little & Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville that was started in 1954. He was a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn., and was a former member of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and National Funeral Directors Association. Mr. Davenport was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Georgia for over 50 years. Mr. Davenport served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member and deacon of the Chicopee Baptist Church.
Mr. Davenport is described by his family and friends as "one of a kind." More than just an owner of the funeral home, he dedicated his life to this business and to serving others. Through this service, Mr. Davenport undoubtedly touched countless lives of the people in Hall County and the surrounding area. He had been honored by the Georgia Funeral Director's Association for being in the funeral business for over 50 years.
Mr. Davenport was a member of the Gainesville Masonic Lodge No. 219 F & AM, and had been honored for his long years of membership. He was also a longtime member of the Gainesville Evening Optimist Club, the American Legion and the Elks Club.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Mickey Montgomery of Dahlonega; daughter, Beth Davenport of Gainesville; granddaughter, Kim Akers of El Paso, Texas; stepgrandson and wife, Joe and Kay Montgomery of Gainesville; stepgranddaughter and husband, Melissa and Darrel Doster of Jefferson; sisters, Margaret Strickland and Frances Cheek of Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Pat Davenport of Gainesville; special caregiver, Fran Taylor of Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Davenport is preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lois Davenport and brother, A.J. Davenport.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at the Chicopee Baptist Church. The Rev. Phil Carpenter and the Rev. Darin Vogt will officiate. Interment will be in the Alta Vista Cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the Little & Davenport Funeral Home Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the
of Georgia, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346, Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502, or Fellowship of Christian Athletes, P.O. Box 656, Oakwood, GA 30566.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Dogwood Forrest Assisted Living and Odyssey Hospice for the care given to Mr. Davenport.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville
Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Oct. 20, 2012