Raymond Martin Davenport Jr. 1956~2021
Raymond Martin Davenport Jr., 64, departed this life suddenly on Thursday, February 11, 2021.
His life began on November 14, 1956 in Naples, Italy. He was the eldest of four children born to his mother, Sabatina Anna Maria Turtoro Davenport.
Raymond spent his early life between Key West, Florida and Indianapolis, Indiana where his parents resided after returning to the states. He attended Indianapolis Public Schools where he graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1975.
Upon graduation Raymond entered the manufacturing work force. In 1976, he relocated to Dayton, OH where he served in law enforcement.
At the age of 21, he purchased his first home expecting to plant down roots. Those plans changed in 1988 when he met the love of his life, Rebecca Raup, a divorced mother of three small children. After a three year, long distance courtship, Raymond made the move to Rochester, New York, where he married his soul mate and became the proud father of Jeffrey, Curtis and Stephanie.
Raymond was a man of strong moral character. He was a pillar of wisdom, strength, and sensibility who valued education and service to others. He was a lover of history (United States and the World). This love inspired many of his life’s accomplishments, including the creation of a fictional civil war novel, written in 1996.
In 1997, Raymond joined the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, a Civil War reenactment battalion (the regiment depicted in the 1989 Academy Award winning film Glory). During his time with the battalion, Raymond traveled throughout the north, south and eastern United States, teaching school-aged children about African-American contributions during the Civil War. He would share historical information within the Baltimore Public School System and occasionally spoke at Fort McHenry where he portrayed, with permission from the family, William H. Carney, the first African-American to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also made an appearance in the movie Antietam: A Documentary Drama filmed and released in 2000.
Raymond’s love of reenactments and history eventually led to his and his wife’s relocation in 1999 from New York to Gettysburg, PA, and their later subsequent settling in Fairfield, Pennsylvania in 2001.
Raymond had an exceptional work ethic. Among his many accomplishments, he completed his post secondary aspirations and obtained several technical certifications to include becoming a master locksmith, a carpenter, an HVAC-R technician, and a certified electrician. As a business owner, Raymond was often known to adjust his rates for those who were suffering financial difficulty.
In his final career endeavor, he became certified as a tractor-trailer line-haul driver for ABF Freightways in Carlisle, PA, where he remained their loyal employee until his death.
In his spare time, Raymond had a passion for many things. He loved rooting for his favorite football team (the Miami Dolphins), cooking (pasta and homemade bread), grilling, watching educational programming (especially NOVA, PBS and other documentaries), watching movies (too many to name), listening to music (oldies but goodies), and model airplanes.
Raymond was a man of integrity. He was honest, fiercely loyal, kind, and generous, all while remaining humble. He was a supportive father, grandfather and a faithful husband.
He was raised Roman Catholic but never considered himself a religious man. That was until several years ago when he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With joy and anticipation, he has been sealed for time and all eternity to his wife in the Washington DC Temple.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond M. Davenport, Sr. and Sabatina Davenport; sister, Elvira Davenport; brothers, Thomas and Gary Davenport; beloved pets, Spock, Shadow and Bones.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of almost 29 years, Rebecca S. Davenport; his children, Jeffrey, Curtis (spouse LaToya) of Rochester, NY, and daughter, Stephanie (spouse Tyrone) of Newport News, VA; his brother, James Butler, of Indianapolis, IN; his sister, Brenda Grinter of Indianapolis, IN; a maternal aunt, Elvira Amps of Leesburg, VA; beloved pet, Daxton; 23 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, additional family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad St., Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Additional services will be held privately.
Online condolences may be expressed at the funeral home’s website.