Michael Barnwell Davenport

June 26, 1954June 8, 2018

Michael “Crick” Barnwell Davenport, DMD

CHAPIN - Michael “Crick” Barnwell Davenport, DMD, who was born in Lake City, SC, on June 26, 1954, passed away on June 8, 2018. Mike graduated from Clemson University (Kappa Sigma), then completed his dental degree and residency at MUSC College of Dental Medicine. He had three successful careers; helping to build the general practice residency at Richland Memorial Hospital (Columbia), founding the private practice of Palmetto Dental Associates (Lexington), and serving on the clinical faculty of The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, until retiring in April 2018. He never stopped learning, teaching, mentoring, and giving generously of his time. Mike was a role model for integrity and high standards who epitomized the merger of art and science in dentistry. Along with the beautiful smiles he gave his patients, Mike’s greatest legacy is the passion for dentistry he passed on to hundreds of students, residents, and colleagues. Mike was married to his heart and soul, Valerie, for 26 fantastic years. He was happiest on or near the water; he loved boating, skiing, and rocking on the porch. Other interests included snow skiing, golf, entertaining, travel, music, painting, cheering the Tigers, and celebrating Christmas. He was the drummer in several bands, including The Ninth Row. Mike was a multitalented go-to guy who would do anything for his friends. He actively participated in continuing education and dental organizations (especially SCADPA), and served as lay reader at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. Mike is survived by his wife Valerie Coté and his brother,James Claude Davenport, Jr., as well as the Coté family, Whitlock cousins, and devoted companion, Moultrie. He was predeceased by his parents, James Claude and Barbara King Davenport. (Also beloved dogs Skippy, Klaus and Dixie.) A memorial service with reception following will be Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 4 pm, graciously hosted by Lake Murray Presbyterian Church. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dental College of Georgia general scholarship fund at the Georgia Health Sciences Foundation, 1120 15th Street, FI-1000, Augusta GA 30912.


  • Dental College of Georgia general scholarship fund at the Georgia Health Sciences Foundation


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 23, 2018
  • Reception following the Service Saturday, June 23, 2018

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Ron Banik

June 22, 2018

Deepest sympathies and love to Val and the family. I was one of Crick's many residents that he mentored, guided and molded. Crick was an integral part of shaping my career and I will value his guidance for years to come. A wonderful gentleman, dentist, mentor, friend. I am without a doubt a better person for knowing him and feel so very fortunate to have been able to be one of his many proteges. I have and will continue to hold him in the highest regard, always.
Ron Banik

Lewis Petree

June 22, 2018

Crick was a mentor to me as a former dental resident at Richland (class of ‘89). It was definitely the best decision of my professional career to invest one more year and spend with the RMH crew! 30 years later and I still carry those learned skills in my everyday practice and Crick was a huge part of my education in that regard! Ellen and I have many fond memories of “lake time” at Crick and Val’s with “Skip-dawg” and other residents gathering! Later in our careers we both met up at the dental school in Augusta and wouldn’t you know I’m now “teaching”in the GPR program there ( I’m a Ga boy) passing along knowledge I learned from Crick (and others) and my daughter is about to start dental school in two weeks! My comfort and condolences to Val and Jimbo and countless friends and family. You definitely left an indelible mark on me, and my family! Dr. Pee-trY! Seemed he had nicknames for everybody!
Lewis Petree, Winder, Ga.

Malorie Ingle

June 21, 2018

Wow, I was at a loss for words when I got the phone call from my mom on the passing of uncle mike .. my grandmother married into the family when I was two years old , what a great man he was , I have so many childhood memories with him and Val . I really looked up to him and enjoyed spending time with them when I was growing up . He loved aunt Valerie unconditionally without a doubt, they were like salt and pepper they just fit together . I pray for Valerie and uncle Jimbo to find comfort and peace through this difficult time in knowing he’s I longer suffering and he’s walking those paved streets of gold now and probably found a boat or some drums somewhere in heaven .. much love to all the family ~Malorie ~ (pooterhead)

Rusty Floyd

June 20, 2018

This morning, I was shocked to read about Michael's passing. As a member of the original Spyrles combo, Michael and I shared many wonderful experiences together. Though our paths never crossed again after high school, I still have the fondest memories of Mike, Jimbo, and his wonderful parents. My sincerest condolences to his wife, Jim (his brother), and his family,

Lori Trost-Siemers

June 12, 2018

Some people always stay with you! And Mike “Crick” was one of those. I had the honor of serving on 3M’s inaugural Council of Innovative Dentistry with him. Not only was Mike an incredible dentist, mentor, but a loving husband, and a man that I can call a dear friend. His love of people, smiles, and dentistry were profound and set examples for all of us to follow. He certainly left the world better and he will be missed by many!

Helen Walsh

June 12, 2018

We were incredibly fortunate to meet and to get to know Mike through our friendship with Val. Mike loved Val so very much and both were incredibly generous with their gift of friendship, and it was a friendship we treasured. They welcomed us into their circles of the annual ski trips to Park City, where we met their wonderfully gracious friends and also were lucky to meet Jimbo. After a fun day of group skiing, I remember listening to their growing up stories and knowing from these stories, and just observing Mike around others, just how much family and friends meant to him and I saw the genuine kindness he extended to others. Mike was smart, direct, funny, warm hearted, caring and his love of Val was so clear and obvious from the first time we met him. He was kindhearted, respectful and had a gentleness about him that was so authentic and so genuine. He always made you feel welcome and at ease. We felt fortunate when Mike and Val came to visit and stayed with us in Boston one weekend for a Clemson game and wished they had stayed longer. Our hearts are broken apart for Val and Jimbo. We feel incredibly fortunate that our paths crossed and that Mike was our friend. He left too soon, and our thoughts are with Val, Jimbo, and the wide circle of family and friends that loved him so dearly. Helen & Matt

Tom Smith

June 12, 2018

Crick was a lifelong friend. We grew up in the same neighborhood and shared many life experiences. Crick was definetly a leader. He and I played music together for years. Leader of the band in every way. The adult in the room surrounded by nuts! Love you and gonna miss you!

Allen Hinnant

June 12, 2018

Mike lead the first band I was in...…..He helped me gain confidence in my skills and gave me a good perspective on musicianship. All while dealing with a bunch of strong willed, passion, and goofy fellas. He was kind and shared his great joy in playing. I have only good memories of a good man.

Deborah Van Metre

June 12, 2018

Many memories and knowledge was passed on to me while at Richland. I will remember his love for his profession, music, and family. His kind heart was shared with many.

Wayne Cockfield

June 11, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Crick. He was an amazing musician and a good friend to me back when we played music together in bands in the early 70s. My condolences to the family and blessings to all.