James Davenport

James Davenport

Manteo, NC

 The Rev. James H. Davenport, 93, of Manteo, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, December 30, 2012. Born on April 15, 1919 in Elizabeth City, NC, he was the son of the late Herbert Glenmore and Elizabeth Reid Davenport.

Following high school in Elizabeth City, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 1960 as Senior Chief Yeoman. Called to the ministry, Rev. Davenport attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, graduating in 1962.

He served as pastor of Northwest Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA, Eureka Baptist Church, Corapeake, NC, and Manteo Baptist Church, Manteo, NC retiring in 1984. After retirement he served as interim pastor at Warwick Swamp Baptist Church, Tyner, NC and Engelhard Baptist Church, Engelhard, NC. In May 2005, Manteo Baptist Church named him Pastor Emeritus.

During his ministry he served as Clerk and Moderator of the Chowan Baptist Association and as a member of the General Board of the NC State Convention.

Rev. Davenport is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret (Peggy) Davenport of the home; a daughter, Linda D. Jones and husband, Ron of Mechanicsville, VA; two sons, Don L. Davenport and wife, Marcia of Corpus Christi, TX and Michael D. Davenport and wife, Tammy of Sissonville, WV. He also has five grandchildren, James D. Davenport and wife, Diana of Corpus Christi, TX, Stephen C. Jones and wife, Laina of Virginia Beach, VA, Rev. Patrick R. Jones and wife, Katie of Conway, SC, Andrea J. Richardson and husband, Jason of Mechanicsville, VA, and Julie D. Stephens and husband, Mark of Nacogdoches, TX; and 12 great grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Emilie Sawyer Davenport and three brothers, Edward V. Davenport, Thomas R. Davenport, and Herbert G. Davenport all of Elizabeth City.

The Rev. Davenport will be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, and friend by all who knew him over the years. He will be greatly missed and never out of our thoughts and memories.

A celebration of life will be held at Manteo Baptist Church on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Ken Simpson and his grandson, the Rev. Patrick Jones officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends and relatives at Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo on Friday from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manteo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 670, Manteo, NC 27954.

 Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements.

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  1. Ben and Bridget Reynolds

    Mrs. Peggy We love you and celebrate Pastor Jim’s life with you!! He truly has been a picture of humility throughout the years!! It’s been a pleasure to call him a friend and mentor.

    We Love You,

    Ben Reynolds

  2. Missy McPherson

    Mrs. Peggy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mr. Jim was a wonderful man. We love you. Jason, Missy and Chipper

  3. Linda Dunn

    Ms. Peggy, You are in our prayers. No
    words can express what Mr. D and you
    have meant to us in our Christmas walk.
    We love you.
    Wayne and Linda

  4. Linda Dunn

    Peggy, You can see how upset I was when I wrote this and surely you know I mean
    Christian walk. That’s what Mr. D was all about – loving us all with our warts
    and all. Love, Linda

  5. Linda and Wayne Dunn

    Ms. Peggy, You can see how upset I was
    when I wrote the prior message. Surely you know I meant Christian walk. But that was what Mr. D was all about, showing us Christ’s love in spite of our
    warts. Love, Linda

  6. Buck and Rita Breault

    Peggy,we sre sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We will always remember him for his kindness and caring, when we moved to Roanoke Island and what a wonderful pastor he was. He will be very missed, but happier with the Lord.

  7. Brenda

    Mrs. Davenport you taught my son in second grade, I didn’t know you were still here,am truly sorry about mr. Davenport, my prayers for the family. Brenda butler

  8. Jeff and Lisa Whitt

    Mrs. Peggy,

    We are saddened to hear of Mr. Davenport’s passing, but rejoice that we know this is not the end but the beginning of his celebration with his (and our) Savior, Jesus Christ! Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Michael, and the entire family. We love you all!

    Jeff, Lisa, and boys

  9. Shelley (Mills) Gray and Nicole Mills

    Ms Peggy,

    My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this difficult time. The good news is he is celebrating with his Savior Jesus!!!! We love you!

  10. Brandi (Head) Rheubottom

    Ms. Peggy,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you find comfort in the knowledge that Mr. Jim is the with the Lord, I pray He will give you constant strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  11. Mary Jolliff Moore

    Peggy and family, I rejoice with you in Jim’s life and service to God. He truly was an example to follow. My condolences. Love, Mary

  12. Annie Gray-Clark

    Mrs Peggy, Greg and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Jim. We were talking about him just before Christmas after putting out the wooden reindeer he had made us. He preached the love of Christ from the pulpit, and shared the love outside the church to all who met him. I smile knowing he is now with his Lord.I know you will miss your soul mate. We’ll keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Annie, Greg and Trevor Clark

  13. Becky Veverka

    What wonderful memories I have of Rev. Davenport since I was a little girl at Eureka. I will never forget him making my dream come true marrying my hubby and I 26 years ago and getting my new last name correct (after much work). I have enjoyed staying in touch with cards and visits through the years. He will truly be missed by me, as well as many others. Rev. Davenport was one of a kind and truly loved God with all his heart. I know he is rejoicing in his presence. For me, he will never be forgotten. Much love to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.

  14. Donna Elms

    Ms. Peggy,
    When we first moved to Roanoke Island, everywhere I went, I would hear Jim Davenport’s name!! He was so well known then for teaching people about the love and salvation of Jesus. He remained faithful to His Lord and served Him well during his entire life! May Jesus be your husband now and comfort you with His love and His people.

  15. LInda and Larry Jones

    We were so sad to hear about Rev. Davenport. You both have such special places in our hearts. Love you Peggy.

  16. John and Terry Grant

    Miss Peggy, “Surely the presence of the Lord is this place…” I can hear you singing this song at the old Manteo Baptist Church and see the smile and worshipful expression on Mr. Davenport’s face as he and the congregation sang along. Mr. Davenport holds a very special place in our hearts as does Manteo Baptist Church for the help we received in our own walk with the Lord. (((Hugs))) and God bless. We are sorry for your void but rejoice he is no longer in pain.

  17. Merry Ann Liverman

    My thought and prayers our with you. I will never forget the peacher that lead me to the Lord and Baptistized me.
    Merry Ann Hooper Liverman

  18. Louise Blythe

    When you lived in Corapeake, NC and Rev. Davenport served Eureka, your next door neighbors were Hurley and Sadie Rountree, my husband Earl’s grandparents. You were wonderful neighbors to them and they thought so much of both of you. Rev Davenport touched many lives and my experience was in 1971. Our daughter, Christine, was born with a shallow hip socket and when she was two months old she had to be hospitalized and fitted with a hard body cast from her waist to ankles. Rev. Davenport visited her. Needless to say she was crying and so was I at the time. Being a new mother I didn’t know what to do for a baby and certainly not one in a body cast. He told me about seeing a little girl at school one day with a severe limp and he asked her if there was something that could have been done to correct it. She said yes that she had a brace but it hurt and her parents didn’t make her wear it so now she had a limp. His story gave me the courage to do whatever was necessary to correct Chris’s problem. Forty-one years later, she has no limp or problems with her hips or legs. I have always remembered him and appreciated what he did to give me the strength I needed at that time.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

  19. Don & Ann Dwyer


    You were a great wife to an above average person. I am sure Jim will
    be waiting to welcome you sometime
    in the future and you’ll be joyously
    together once again.

  20. Don & Ann Dwyer


    You were a great wife for an above average man. I’m sure Jim will be waiting for you sometime in the future
    and you will once again be happily

  21. Stuart and Suzanne Pack

    Mrs. Peggy, Thoughts and prayers for today, tomorrow and the days ahead. Much appreciation for such years of Christian service by Rev. Davenport.

  22. Diana McPherson Gallop

    To Don and his family, our love, prayers and sincere sympathy on the loss of your father. He blessed and touched so many in his life of ministry. Diana McPherson Gallop and Allen Gallop

  23. Coy and Jeannette Ambrose

    We are so sorry to hear of Mr.Davenport’s passing. Tears on this side but rejoicing on that side. He was a special man that was a blessing to know as customer, friend, and fellow Christian. May God’s peace, comfort be with you and your family.
    Coy and Jeannette Ambrose
    McCoy’s Body Shop

  24. Janice Morgan Askew

    I was sorry to hear of Rev. Davenport’s passing. He was dearly loved by our family. Eureka Baptist members of yesteryear remember him fondly. I know that Rev. Davenport is well received in Heaven. Mrs. Davenport and Michael, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

  25. Perry and Ann Turner

    Peggy, we were so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. The two of you have and will continue to have a special place in our hearts. You were always there for us during our Lost Colony days. I am so glad we have kept in touch through the years. Heaven has gained a very special soul. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you very much.

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