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Obituary for Major Leon Davenport Major Leon Davenport, age 90, of Blairsville, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.
Mr. Davenport was born in Union County, Georgia, on December 9, 1926, a son of the late John Prescott Davenport and the late Ethel Souther Davenport. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, and had been an active member of The Kiwanis Club, and was the past administrator of Union General Hospital. Mr. Davenport entered the U.S. Army as a private in 1944, and attained the rank of Major. He was a true war hero and patriot, and was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Major Davenport was the recipient of three Silver Stars, a Purple Heart, Bronze Stars with Oakleaf Clusters for Valor; and many other commendations. Besides his parents, Leon had been preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Davenport Chambers in 1995; and a brother, Douglas D. Davenport, in 1981.
Mr. Davenport leaves behind such a wonderful legacy for his family: wife, Barbara Twiggs Davenport; daughter and son-in-law, Cayce and David Friedly; and son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Lila Davenport; nieces, Sydney C. Vandiver and Laurie C. Shelnut and nephew, Matthew Chambers; many other relatives and many friends also survive.
Funeral services have been scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., to be held at First Baptist Church of Blairsville, with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating. The following gentlemen have been requested to serve as pallbearers: Roy Hamby, Hoyt Raper, Wesley Hopgood, Billy Decker, Terry Wright, and Jimmy Hooper. Also requested to serve as honorary pallbearers are: Homer Payne's "Jesse" SundaySchool Class; Bobby Ellis, Billy Johnson, Joe Gray, D.L. Martin; and members of all veteran's organizations.
Hours for visitation are incomplete and will be announced when available.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia.
Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but if you wish, memorial contributions may be directed to Union County Nursing Home's Activities Department.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville. Please share your condolences and fond memories with the Davenport family on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.