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John “Jack” Reeves Davenport, 94, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Elisabeth “Betty” Burrage Davenport, died Sunday afternoon, January 6, 2019, at Morningside of Savannah.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was the son of the late Samuel Murdoc Davenport and the late Jane Reeves Owens. Jack was a member for more than 50 years of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where he was a former member of the Vestry, a lay reader, and a lay eucharistic minister. He was a World War II veteran with the United States Coast Guard. Jack retired from Cut Art Stone Company a patternmaker and foreman of the pattern shop. His vocation and passion was woodworking.

Surviving are his wife of almost 67 years, Elisabeth “Betty” Davenport; one daughter, Marilyn D. Smith and her husband, Gene, of San Diego, California; one son, John Burrage Davenport of Richmond, Virginia; four grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Melanie Smith, Tanya D. Gibson and Joshua Davenport, and three great-granddaughters.

The memorial service will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Memorial Fund – 2 St. Thomas Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. John Mulligan says:

    Dear Mrs. Davenport and Family,

    I had the pleasure and the honor to work with Jack in the carpenter shop at Thunderbolt Marine in late 1972 and 1973 as I can best recall. I had just been discharged from the Navy after working at the Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor. Jack took pride in all the projects and repairs in a most professional shipwright sort of way. I learned some awesome woodworking skills from him and remember him as a friend and mentor. Jack and I shared sea stories that I remember from the many lunch breaks we had in the shop. Eight Bells to a fine man and sailor. Godspeed.
    John J. Mulligan,Jr.

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