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Helen Longmire Davenport

 

Mrs. Davenport age 94, of Creedmoor passed away peacefully on September 29, 2021 surrounded by her four daughters. Helen was born September 6, 1927 and preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Joseph Raymond Davenport and parents Katie Longmire Fleming and Frederick Guy Fleming.

Helen grew up in Creedmoor, graduated from Creedmoor High School and attended Illinois Masonic Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, Illinois. Homesick for her native North Carolina she returned from Chicago. Shortly thereafter met the love of her life and future husband Joseph Davenport. Together they raised four daughters finally settling in Atlanta, Ga. where they lived until 1979 when they returned to Creedmoor. Helen frequently joked that she “should have never left Granville County!”

Wherever Helen lived she created fun and made friends quickly. She loved working with her hands and developed many hobbies throughout her life. She sewed beautifully to the enjoyment of her daughters as she styled and made their wedding gowns. She tackled her interests with energy and determination once learning to lay brick so that she could install a floor in the sunroom addition of her home. Her success with hobbies aside, she was first a loving, wonderful Mother and homemaker who wanted a big family. Throughout her life she was available for counsel, not only for her daughters, but also for her many friends. Her door was always open. She kept a candle burning in the front window of her home as if to say, “Come on in, I’m here.” As friends and family visited in her home over the years she received all with a listening ear sharing her humor, wisdom and kindness, probably along with a meal.

Helen, a professed Christian, loved First Baptist Church Creedmoor where she was baptized, married, sang in the Silver Chords Choir and faithfully served as a Deacon. She particularly enjoyed helping with youth activities and chaperoning Youth Mission trips to the Dominican Republic and New York. She often told others that the “secret to staying young was to hang around young people!”

Helen was one of a kind. She was talented, industrious and sharp with some rascal. She loved playing practical jokes, beating anybody at ping-pong, and out-fishing everyone else at the pond. She kept a handwritten note on the wall in her kitchen that read, “Life is short, fish hard!” Cooking for a crowd was her idea of a good time. Growing flowers was a passion. One she passed along to all of her daughters. Helen showed up for ALL of the major milestones in the life of her family taking great and particular pleasure in attending the activities and events of her 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She and Joe also delighted in the company of their son-in-laws. Helen had the “stuff” of which the best lives are made; love, courage, compassion, optimism and humor. She lives on in our hearts and will be greatly missed. Her family is grateful to God for her long life and happy that she is at peace.
Helen is survived by daughters; MaryAnn Davenport Long and husband Mike of Madison, GA. Glenna Davenport Cook and husband Tom (deceased) of Charlotte, NC. Beth Davenport Saunders and husband Ben of Mt Pleasant, SC, and Melrose Davenport Cunningham and husband Buck of Atlanta, GA. Grandchildren; Emilie Cornish Blair, Shaun Cornish, Alex Long, Kelsey Long, Thomas Cook, Trevor Cook, Coleman Cook, Joseph Saunders, Jeffrey Saunders and Gracie Cunningham. Great Grandchildren; Silas Blair, Ruby Blair, Evans Cook, Rose Cook, Lila Cook, and Eliza Saunders. Special and dear friend Jeff Richardson.

A memorial to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at First Baptist Church Creedmoor. Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:45 prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to First Baptist Church Youth Ministry, P.O. Box 38, Creedmoor NC 27522 or Converting Hearts Ministry 516 N Durham Ave, Creedmoor NC, 27522.

15 Comments

  • Renee Mangum Posted October 2, 2021 1:11 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Many years ago I met her when I went on a bus trip with my sister Carolyn Watkins Bolton, Janet and Janice Player, Karen Brown, The Lyons and so many other people from Creedmoor. She was a hoot, I never laughed so hard. There was never a dull moment. She was a beautiful woman .I certainly will never forget her, she was such a joy to be around. God Bless You All

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:03 pm

      Thank you, Renee for sharing some happy memories of Mother. She loved all the trips she took and you are so right – she enjoyed a good laugh and a good time.

  • Kennet Harp Posted October 2, 2021 1:24 am

    I met Mrs Davenport when I went to her house to exterminate it. We became friends right off the bat. She was always quick with something witty or a joke. I never saw her down and you could never be down around her. I always looked forward to seeing her and will greatly miss her. Every time I pass her house it brings back pleasant memories. God has truly gotten an Angel and may she Rest In Peace and keep God laughing.

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:09 pm

      Thank you Kenny for the kind comments. You have captured Mother to a tee! She always enjoyed a visit with you even more than she liked getting rid of any stray bug critters that had gotten in while she was away! We so appreciated your willingness to help and the time you gave so freely to Mother. She was fond of you as well!

  • Vickey and Chris Grant Posted October 5, 2021 6:59 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to the Davenport family. We send our love.

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:18 pm

      Thank you Vickey and Chris. Vickey, I know you understand all the sadness that comes when a parent passes away. Chris, you would so have appreciated the music our nephew Trevor played at Mother’s funeral – The Lord’s Prayer on the marimba. Thank you both for your supportive friendship over the years.

  • Amy Greene Posted October 5, 2021 8:39 pm

    Helen was a beautiful woman with a fabulous sense of humor!!! Loved when she would come in and help at the flower shop and bring her delicious potato salad! Great memories of a great lady!
    Love and prayers,
    Amy, David, Rianne and Ryan

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:22 pm

      Thank you, Amy. Mother enjoyed all of her friends at the flower shop and working there involved all her favorites- driving, flowers, cooking, and most of all, having fun with her friends!

  • Kimball Edward Boykin Posted October 5, 2021 10:08 pm

    MaryAnn, Glenna, Beth and Melrose,

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. What a wonderful woman. She was a great, lifelong dear friend of my mom’s. My mom and dad had so many good times with her and your dad. I can still see her big smile, usually followed by a big hug and her telling me how much she loved me. I remember her great cooking especially her homemade biscuits. Our families had lots of great times together in Atlanta and Creedmoor, at Bugg’s Island and at the MarVista in Myrtle Beach. The last two locations usually included her wearing OrangeAde, or what ever that orange bathing suit was called. I know all of you will miss her dearly.

    • Glenna Posted October 7, 2021 8:26 pm

      Kim,
      Your wonderful comments about Mom bring back so many memories! You as much as described our joint childhoods. Thank you for taking the time to express your condolences and for recalling such good times.
      Fondly,
      Glenna

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:37 pm

      Kim, I will add my thank you to Glenna’s as well. Our families did have some wonderful times together. Who could forget the trip to Panama City and filming “the float crew” through the window shades! When our parents got together, you could count on the laughter to be close behind. Did you catch the picture of Mother in front of your mom’s “Rabbit’s Roadster” and your mom as Maid of Honor on their wedding day? Their lifelong friendship was one for the books! I know they are having a big reunion in heaven and yes, Orangeade just might make an appearance! Our love to you and your family. Beth

  • Sammy and Judy Clark Posted October 6, 2021 1:19 pm

    Helen was a beautiful woman. I know she will be missed. Our prayers goes out to the family.

    • Beth Posted October 7, 2021 9:42 pm

      Sammy and Judy, Thank you for your prayers and comment. We appreciate all of Mother’s friends and the enjoyment you brought into her life,. Yes, she is sorely missed, but we are thankful for a lifetime of love with her and grateful that she is at peace.

  • Kathy Emory Posted October 8, 2021 6:11 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, I LOVE that woman so much! When I was sad or had a problem I would go see her or call her and she would make it all better and make me laugh. I hated when she got sick and this covid came around and didn’t feel like she needed company and the next thing I heard she had passed, my heart hurts. My prayers and love go out to you girls… I’ll think about her when I’m picking them figs.

  • Paula Leachman Posted October 19, 2021 11:17 pm

    From 6388 North Hampton Dr., Sandy Springs-Helen and I laid carpet in that house on the lower level with a pitcher of Margueritas-She did a fabulous job-LOVED her-Paula

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