Travis Edwin Davenport, 83, passed away February 23, 2013. He was born January 1, 1930, son of the late Travis and Lillian Jones Davenport of Rocky Mount. Ed was educated in the Rocky Mount City Schools and earned a bachelor's in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1951. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
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Following the completion of his formal education, Ed was accepted in the US Naval officer training program in Newport, RI. He was commissioned in 1952 and served aboard the USS Strong during the Korean War. Ed served as Combat Information officer and was the destroyer's air traffic controller. Later in his naval career, he was assigned to the staff of Adm. H.H. McLean, Commandant, Sixth Naval District, as a Special Services Officer.
Ed's life's work was employment with financial institutions, serving many years as chief executive of Builders Federal Savings, a regional mortgage banking and savings institution. He was a founding director of RMIC, a mortgage banking insurance company based in Winston Salem. He served as president of the NC Mortgage Investment Corp and
president of the Rocky Mount Board of Realtors in the early 1960's and was co-author of the local multiple listing service. During retirement, Ed became a director of Raleigh Federal Savings Bank.
Ed was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Anne Kinard Davenport. He is survived by his daughters, Alison Davenport and partner, Bob Shaffer, Laura McNeill and husband Danny, and Anna Davenport and husband Pat Hurban. His grandchildren are Lindsay Strickland and husband Steven, Travis Kirkpatrick, Lillian Hurban, Zarina Davenport, Lauren McNeill, Kelly Lienhop and husband Chris and Brad McNeill. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Fredrick W. Kinard, Jr.
The family will receive friends at 208 Piedmont Avenue, Rocky Mount on Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00- 8:00PM. Following a private family burial, a memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Rocky Mount, Wednesday, February 27 at 11AM, with the Reverend Peter Bynum officiating.
Following the service, family members will receive friends at 208 Piedmont Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Pastor's Discretionary Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share your memories and condolences online by visiting http://www.wheelerwoodlief.com.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2013