OBITUARY

Travis Lindy Davenport

August 27, 1928October 4, 2020

Travis Lindy Davenport, 92, of Crosby, died peacefully with his family around him on the quiet Sunday morning of October 4, 2020.

He was born in the Red River Plains of Oklahoma to Jim Davenport and Dora Ashford Davenport on August 27, 1928.

When Travis was 19, a beautiful redhead captured his attention at a dance, and he spent the next 69 years by her side. Together Travis and Geraldine raised their children Ronnie, Pam and Mike and grew into a tight-knit clan that eventually included six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Travis mourned Gerald’s loss greatly these past three-plus years, and his family is comforted in knowing he no longer suffers their separation.

Travis worked hard most of his life to provide for those he loved, beginning at age 13 picking cotton. And—like many from his generation—he took any honest work he could find: pin setter at a bowling alley, grocery store butcher, garbage collector, refinery worker. He handed out thousands of pieces of Super Bubble over the 27 years he operated service stations in the Crosby and Huffman areas, most notably Davenport Exxon on Main Street Crosby. Even in retirement, Travis found a way to make his hobby into a job when he leased Indian Shores Golf Course with his brothers Bob and Wes.

Though his occupations were many and varied, Travis’ love of baseball was a constant in his life. He learned to pitch from his father, Jim, and Travis stood proudly on the pitcher’s mound everywhere from his high school in Soper, Oklahoma to the Yankees minor leagues. He knelt in his front yard in the evenings after work and taught his own sons to throw fastballs and curveballs. He stood by the dugout and sat in the stands to root for his grandchildren. And with the Astros game on in the background, he sat in his recliner and tossed a ball gently to his great-grandchildren.

Travis cherished his faith in God, time with his family, being a member of the Choctaw Nation, Geraldine’s German chocolate cake, any kind of sports competition, watching a good Western (and lots of mediocre ones too), and sweet tea. He said “Y’ello” when he answered the phone and “Gee-ads!” when he was surprised. In the late 50s and early 60s, Travis helped develop the Crosby Little League Association, known today as the Crosby Sports Association. He also held season tickets for Crosby High School football games from 1948 until the end of his life, continuing to purchase them long after his health allowed him to attend games. He was proud to call Crosby home.

Travis was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Atchley Davenport; his son Mike Davenport and son-in-law, Ralph Blaha; his parents, Jim Davenport and Dora Ashford Davenport; his brothers James Davenport, Kirk Davenport, Gray Olson Davenport, John “Wes” Davenport, Jack Davenport, Bobby Jake “Bob” Davenport and Gary Buford, and his sisters, Fleda Dorthia Blankenship and Juanita Conca.

He is survived by his son, Ronald Travis Davenport and wife, Donna of Crosby; daughter, Pam Blaha of Crosby; daughter-in-law, Melinda Arwine and husband Les Arwine of Crosby; like-a-son, Wendel Johnson of Franklin; grandchildren, Amy and Chad Blaha and their children - Audrey and Travis, Shelley and Scott Stevens and their son - Owen, Ginny and Brad Blaha and their children - Tripp, Brodey, Abby and Gabe, Jennifer Davenport and husband John Dabkowski, Rhonda and Jared Barrett and their daughters, Riley and Tori, and Rebecca and Joe Martens; brother Billy Davenport and sister Kitty Ann Roark; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Travis’ family would like to extend a special thanks to Donna Morris, Amy Francois, Omnix Health, Home Care Family and Lilac Assisted Living for the compassionate care they gave him in his final years.

We regret that the current pandemic prevents us from having a public celebration of Travis’ life. His service will be streamed on the First Baptist Church of Crosby Facebook page at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. In lieu of the usual remembrances the family asks for contributions to The Travis Davenport Memorial Fund at GoFundMe.com which will be used exclusively to support youth sports programs in Crosby.

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Jerry Blankenship

October 10, 2020

Travis was more than a uncle he was a friend l never. Heard

Marion Allen Kersnick

October 9, 2020

Your father was one of the nicest people I knew and I know that he was a great dad too. ...
He was always a big supporter for the Crosby community & all of us kids as we grew up!
I am honored and blessed to have known your father!
No matter wherever he is, he'll always be watching over you. ...
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Dianna Martin

October 9, 2020

Uncle Travis and Aunt Gearl inspired and led by example our entire family in a multitude of ways. They showed anyone they met the loving kindness to others God requires of us. There is a host of loving memories from childhood & up until adulthood. As a kid Uncle Travis & I enjoyed watching a good western together and there wasn’t a time walking into the house I wasn’t met with a big smile & hug. As an adulthood they both imparted wisdom in all facets of life that Jerry & I both carried with us into our family & marriage; and treasured memories I carry with me to this day. I am so thankful & grateful to have had such strong influences in my life; and am so incredibly comforted in knowing he has gone home to our Heavenly Father. That he is reunited with the love of his life, his son Mike , Son -In -Law Ralph, his parents, many of his siblings & a host of extremely missed family members. My mom, Baby, and the love of my life Jerry among them. I loved him & will miss him but we will all meet again one day and what a glorious day that will be! All my love to the entire family.

Joan Dailing

October 8, 2020

I'm putting up this for Mom she always told me the story how she loved to see Uncle Trav coming over cuz he always had candy corn for her and she loved that candy corn and look forward to it and he never failed to bring her some she had a lot more stories she's laying down now but I'll get some more up. She has always said she loved him like a brother.
When I picture him in my mind I see his big beautiful smile and infectious laugh! He always seemed happy to see us. He was growing cucumber and other stuff in a table planter and doing a good job. He always ask about my son Kendall and always said what a good and hard worker he was, he admired that quality cause he possessed it also. Great man! I loved my Uncle Trav and always will.

Phyllis Eubanks Fleming

October 8, 2020

Travis, my uncle.
We called him Trav.
He was always glad to see us.
Made you feel comfortable
To sit down and visit.
He gave great hugs.
He was there for me
In my High School years.
He gave me advice even when
I didn't know I needed it.
Thank Uncle Trav
For Loving me.
I will miss you dearly
Fava

Jo Ann Doskocil

October 8, 2020

I remember hearing stories of my mother and daddy double-dating with Uncle Travis and Aunt Gearl. Makes me smile just picturing that. They both were gifts to all our family—a true example of love and one we all could witness.
I’m thankful they’re now able to be together once again.

Bonnie James

October 8, 2020

Lived across the street from thIs wonderful man and his wife Geraldine. Watched some Astros games with them, when I would get bored I would walk across the street and visit, they always made me feel at home
❤️❤️
Bonnie

Donna gonzalez

October 8, 2020

I felt blessed for i knew uncle Travis was gunna be expecting his boil cookies for his birthday and Christmas and without hesitation i got them made and sent to him. I was proud to know I made smile on his face this past bday with his cookies. Love you Uncle Travis fly high ❤

Garry Eubanks

October 6, 2020

Travis was my Uncle but in regards to how he has impacted my life, over the years, it was like he was my older brother giving me helpful advice during my teen years. He was 12 years older than I am and I can still remember the many Sunday afternoon basketball games he and his brothers and I had. He was a good athletic and competitor. His first sports love was baseball and he played for the Dodger minor league team in Texas, when still a teenager. However minor league baseball did not pay much and he was now married to my Aunt Gearldine and he quit baseball to support his family. But he continued playing competitive baseball and eventually started coaching little league baseball and had a remarkable win/loss record for years. Travis was also a good basketball player and taught me a lot about basketball that was helpful in my high school days. Uncle Travis and Aunt Geraldine were always helpful to our family. We kids look at Ronnie, Pam and Michael as Siblings, instead of Cousins! We will miss Travis, just as we miss Aunt Gearld. We praise God for his incredible life of giving. We love him and will miss him!

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