David E. Davenport, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri, a transplanted Texan, who always believed being Texan is not a place but a state of mind, left this world for his greener pastures on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Dave was born in Silsbee, Texas on June 6, 1944, to David E. Davenport, Sr. and Thelma Louise Davenport. He was the much-adored first-born son. He excelled during high school and breezed thru undergraduate school at Larmar University in Beaumont, Texas in three years. Graduated with a Law degree from University of Houston, additional advanced degrees from the University of Texas, University of Virginia, and was a graduate of the Forensic Medicine Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Dave spent 10 mostly fun filled years in the United States Army serving as a JAG Officer. His many adventures traveling the world included postings in Vietnam, Germany, Virginia, Washington D.C. and El Paso Texas. His military experience was one of the highlights of his life.
After leaving the Army, Dave accepted a Presidential Appointment with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Counsel where he continued to make a difference in the lives of Veterans and their families, serving his country for 30-plus years.
Dave was the loving husband of Sandi Davenport, father to David E. Davenport, III (Trey) of El Paso Texas and Ryan Pemberton (wife Tina) of Cleveland, Texas. Grandfather to Ryan Sales, Kristan Pemberton, Ethan Pemberton, Caiden Pemberton, Krystal Chaney, Cheyene Boyington and Justine Boyington. Always the “big brother” to Sandra McLendon and Toni Davenport of Silsbee, Texas. Much adored uncle to Charisse Tolleson of Pasadena, California and William McLendon of Durango, CO. Trusted confidant, advisor and friend to many.
Dave had many varying interests and one of his favorites was hunting. Once he retired, he decided to concentrate on improve his shooting skills. He enjoyed trap, skeet, and cowboy competition and decided to join the Arnold Rifle & Pistol Club to have a nice place to practice. Very shortly, in a very “Dave-like manner”, he was elected as the President of the club. He was greatly admired for his organizational and managerial skills and true passion for the success of the Arnold Rifle & Pistol Club but in the beginning many asked, “Why is a lawyer the president of a Gun Club?” Many advances and improvements were accomplished under his direction, changing the culture and course of the club for the better.
Dave was well known for his quick wit, keen sense of humor, insight and intellect. He was always eager to share his knowledge (whether asked for or not) and generously shared his advice and experiences when asked. He cared deeply for others, and was unselfish with his time and talents to help anyone who needed his help.
Dave left this world far better than he found it, and will be missed by scores of family, friends and all who knew him.
Services: Visitation will be held at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL 5255 LEMAY FERRY RD. on Wednesday, July 7, from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to The Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital, (www.fisherhouseinstlouis.org) or to the Arnold Rifle & Pistol Club.