James C. Davenport

Transcribed by : Tina Easley

James Curtis “Jay” Davenport, 69, of Paragould died July 27, 2002, in Memphis, Tenn., as the result of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a tractor-trailer as he was crossing a highway to prepare a truck that was to be towed.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, he was the president and co-owner of Davenport’s Truck Stop in Paragould. He had been a local businessman since 1961 and worked on a daily basis with his son, Curtis, for more than 25 years.

Mr. Davenport was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Paragould and a former schoolteacher and principal.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Paragould for 25 years and a past president of the organization.

In addition, he was a Shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Paragould/Greene County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, James Curtis III; daughter, Sherri Anderson; brothers, Wayne and Roy; sisters, Louise Williams, Jane Guest and Glenda Copeland; and five grandchildren.