Helen Longmire Davenport | The Butner-Creedmoor News
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Helen Longmire Davenport

Posted on October 5, 2021


Creedmoor — 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.

Online condolences may be made at eakesfuneralhome.com

Eakes Funeral Home in Creedmoor is assisting The Davenport Family

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