George Davenport Jr.
Feb. 5, 1935-Jan. 23, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — George Davenport Jr., formerly of Lapaz, passed peacefully with his son at his bedside, Wednesday, Jan. 23 at a nursing facility outside of Knoxville, Tenn.
George was born Feb. 5, 1935 to George and Mabel Davenport on the family farm 2 miles east of Lapaz where he and his wife Paula Marie built their home and raised three children, Kim Marie, Jodi Kay, and Rick George lll.
Married in 1954, Paula and Porky (as many affectionately referred to them as) remained on the homestead until retiring in the 1990s to Avon Park, Fla. where Paula passed on in 2010 and George continued to call home until his recent passing in Tennessee after a summer stay with his new bride Elizabeth Davenport formerly Berger.
George became known to many from his basketball days with the Lapaz Vikings as a part of the 1951 sectional championship that was the first of four championships over a seven-year period. He set the school’s scoring record in 1952, leading him to several scholarships including Michigan State and Butler University.
He turned down the offers, to join his father (George Sr.) in running the family business. Under Junior’s management, Lapaz Grain Company became a leader in the agriculture community. Bringing his son on board after the passing of his father, he helped continue several more years of successful diversification and enabled him to sell the business in 1977.
They continued on to a new career, teaching and helping in the development of the United States Golf Academy. In 1990 George retired to his residence in Florida to manage his financial investments but came back EVERY SUMMER to see his old friends and loved ones, back here in Indiana.
Paula and George finished their lives in Florida; Paula passing in 2010, George passing this Jan. 23, 2013, outside of Knoxville, Tenn. where he was hospitalized before he could return to his winter home in Florida. Their ashes will once again be united, in the Memorial Garden at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Avon Park, Fla.
Also part of their legacy are beloved grandchildren, Kameron Horvath of Concord N.C. Andy Graverson, his sister Abby Dugan and their children Ryker and Brady all living in the Greater Kansas City area.
Though sorely missed, George’s memory will continue to bring a smile to those who knew and loved him. In that spirit, locally a memorial will be scheduled at a time and place yet to be determined.
Friends and loved ones can feel free to call 574-936-8918 about bringing pictures, old memories or help in anyway to make this a Celebration of his Life. Sharing in some of those good old memories, as he so often did with all of us.