John Montgomery Davenport Jr.

August 11, 1937November 12, 2020

John M. Davenport, Jr.

August 11, 1937 - November 12, 2020

We have received so many thoughts, prayers and notes over the past few days and weeks. We are so very appreciative and proud to carry on the legacy he and mom have created. This note, written by friend, and former Marine, Corporal Julian Terry captures the man we are so very proud to call husband and dad.

Dear Janet and Family, I of course am profoundly saddened at the passing of your beloved Jack. You must now bear the unbearable. He was a great man. Raised wonderful adoring children. Has a magnificent loving wife. Served his country. Was a true friend, a dedicated American worker. Was a follower of his faith. That’s a great man. I hope your memories, strength, love for each other, and faith will sustain all of you. As it says in the Marine Corps Hymn, “If you look on heaven’s scenes you’ll find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." I hope he passed with no regrets. I loved Jackie Boy. “Semper Fidelis“ my friend. Today I weep with all of you. ~JT

Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet, five children, John (Erika), Debbie (Dave), Jennifer (Matt), Ryan (JT), and Becky (Mike) as well as his 12 grandchildren, Michael (Victoria), Brandon (Ashton), Tyler, Nicholas, Hunter, Max, Hannah, Connor, Gracie Lou, Jake, Sam, and Evan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dad’s name to:Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607

Funeral Mass with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:30pm at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.

Seating will be limited and the church will be following Covid-19 protocols. There will be a link for a live stream of the service. The family is so very thankful for the outpouring of love, prayers and friendship, but will not be receiving guests following the ceremony due to Covid-19.

The service will be streamed on the church’s website:

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Terry Batten

November 15, 2020

A wonderful father to a wonderful family, the Batten family came to know Jack as we were lucky enough to be the next door neighbors of Dave and Debbie in Chesapeake, Va. for several years. What a personable, loving and model father. His love for his family was evident and he would drive up often to visit so we were lucky to get to know "Mr. D" fairly quickly. Watching golf, playing golf, dining together, or whatever the occasion, Mr. D was always the big personality in the room yet always made us feel as we were part of the family. I miss my friends, Dave, Debbie, Michael and Brandon and I hurt for them. I miss my friend, Mr. D. too. Rest in Peace good sir, you ran a wonderful race. Terry Batten


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