Cledis A. Davenport, of Benton, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, at the age of 82. He was born August 18, 1930 in Sheridan, to the late Grover and Grace Davis Davenport. He had an extensive career with the federal government, retiring from the U.S. Army and the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Maxine Swilling Davenport, and his parents, Grover and Grace Davis Davenport.
He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in law Pat and Mike Loper of Loveland, Colo. and Melinda and Jim Butzlaff of Bryant; four grandchildren, Tracey Loper of Boulder, Colo., Bradley Loper of Fort Collins, Colo. and Kevin Butzlaff and Kendall Butzlaff of Bryant; three brothers, Donald Davenport and wife, Carolyn of Little Rock; Rommie Davenport and wife, Martha of Judsonia and Jerry Davenport and wife, Janet of Malvern; one sister, Brenda Gray and husband, Thomas of Jonesboro; brother-in-law, Virgil Swilling and wife, Jenny of Sheridan; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 30 in the chapel at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Sheridan with Bro. Michael Walton and Rev. Larry Ballard officiating. A military burial with full honors to follow at Lost Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tracey Loper, Bradley Loper, Kevin Butzlaff, Kendall Butzlaff, Christopher Davenport, Bruce Davenport and Russ White.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, July 29 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lost Creek Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 514, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150; Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 1403 West Center Street, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150; or Hospice Home Care, 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306.
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