DAVENPORT James "Jim" Leonard, 57, of Frankfort, KY, passed on Friday, October 11, 2013 while pursuing his passion of the martial arts in Naha, Okinawa. He was born January 8, 1956 in Fort Bragg, NC, to William and Viola Davenport. Survived by his mother, Viola and brother, Philip Davenport. Loving father of James Shawn and Daniel Ransom Davenport, daughters-in-law, Ashley and Sharon Davenport, and grandchildren Chase, Annabelle and Justice, who also survive him. Jim's father Billy Davenport and sister Teresa Koontz preceded him in death. Beginning his training in 1972, Jim became a highly skilled karate-ka, widely regarded instructor and co-founder of the Koshin-ha Chito-ryu Karate-do Association as an 8th Degree Black Belt. In 1985, he joined the US Army and served as a Counter Intelligence Agent in the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Over the years he trained with numerous senior martial artists from a variety of styles as well as having taught defensive tactics to police officers and military personnel across the US. Loved and remembered by many for his work as a Frankfort fireman, paramedic, building inspector, owner of his own karate school and the owner of Davenport Electric. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Berry Hill Mansion, 700 Louisville Rd., at 1pm with a wake immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James L. Davenport Memorial Fund, located at First Federal Savings in Frankfort, or to: 1905 Pyfer Ct. Lexington, KY 40514. Jim will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, distinguished martial artist, avid seeker of knowledge, having the ability to talk to anyone, generosity and a warmhearted smile.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 24, 2013