Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
September 5, 1999
Dallas - Dixie Correll Davenport passed away on September 5, 1999, at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas.
Services were held at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church at 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 7, 1999. Interment was held in Edna, Texas at 10:00 AM Wednesday, September 8, 1999. Born on August 13, 1910, she grew up in El Campo, Texas. As a student at the University of Texas she earned an assistantship in physics, but left school to support her parents during the depression and did not complete her studies until 1955, She was married to Lee Davenport, who preceded her in death after 58 years of loving companionship. Mrs Davenport was a high school math teacher for many years, and retired without ever having raised her voice or having an unruly classroom.
She took up genealogy and painting after she retired - becoming a member of the DAR and winning second place in a state-wide painting contest. She was a devout Christian and served as a deacon and Treasurer of 1st Presbyterian Church in Del Rio, Texas. Her intelligence backed by an indomitable will, her quiet dignity, compassion, and ready smile made her an inspiration to all who knew her.
Mrs. Davenport is survived by her brother, Bill Correll of Wharton, Texas; her children, Dixie Mitchell of Santa Fe, Texas; Everard Davenport of Dallas, Texas; and Donna Davenport of Bryan, Texas; her son-in-law, John Mitchell; her daughter-in-law, Kay Davenport; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Donations may be made to the Caring Fund of Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas or the charity of your choice.
Lamar & Smith Funeral Directors
The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, TX) September 10, 1999
Davenports mark 50th anniversary
A reception honoring E.L. (Lee) and Dixie Davenport marking their 50th wedding anniversary was given by their children and grandchildren at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church Dec. 27, 1988.
Tables were laid in white lace over gold satin. The serving table held a floral arrangement of yellow spider mums with white carnations and stock and greenery with gilt-touched leaves in a gold-toned bowl. Brass holders held white tapers. The three-tiered cake of white with yellow roses was topped with gold colored "50" in a wreath of white and gold. Gold colored punch was poured from a crystal bowl.
The bridegroom's table held the silver coffee service, white tapers in crystal and the chocolate cake was decorated in gold with touches of lavendar and embellished with a pipe, as Lee and his pipe are seldom separated. Mrs. J.H. Hobbs of Tyler, Texas, a bridesmaid at the wedding 50 years ago, presided at the coffee service. Mrs. Hobbs' daughter, Harriett Hobbs of Tahlequah, Okla., poured the punch.
Cakes were served by daughters of Lee and Dixie, Dixie Lee (Mrs. John M.) Mitchell, Donna Davenport and Kay (Mrs. B.C.) Davenport.
The registry table held a small vase of white sweetheart roses as well as a white taper in a brass holder. Granddaughters alternated in attendance there, assisted by grandsons. Favors were small scrolls, symbolic of 50 years together.
Pictures of the couple of 50 years ago; a "This is Your Life" album on their life together and a small cross with entwined wedding rings and the number 50 were on a nearby table.
A children's table was presided over by Lee Davenport II, assisted at times by sisters or cousins. The house party included sons and daughters of the Davenports, natural and in-law, all grandchildren and Mrs. J.H. Hobbs and Harriett Hobbs.
Out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mitchell of Texas City, Susan Mitchell of Texas City, Peggy Mitchell of Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Everard C. Davenport of Duncan, Okla., Cynthia, Thais and Lee Davenport II, all of Duncan; Donna Davenport of Bryan, Wes Simonds of Austin, Mrs. J.H. Hobbs of Tyler, Harriett Hobbs of Tahlequah, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Correll of Wharton, Diane Dodson of Bethesda, Md., Mr. and Mrs. Steve Madison, Ardis Madison of Corpus Christi, Mr. and Mrs. D. Ed Palmer of Dripping Springs, daughters Angie and Elizabeth; Maude S.Newton of Waco, Merily Hodge Keller of Austin, Mr and Mrs. Tom Wallace of San Antonio and son Wally.
Approximately 100 attended the reception.
Lee Davenport entered the teaching profession in 1932 and with the exception of two years doing safety education work, continued in that profession until he retired in 1974. He served as principal, coached football, tennis, literary events, debate in schools at Catarina, Edna, Corpus Christi, Dickinson, Mathis, Rockdale and at Del Rio. He came here in 1961 as high school principal, taught social studies and coached debate, retiring in 1974. The following year he started a private driver training program for students and adults, continuing until the end of 1984.
He has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church since 1960, beginning service in Rockdale and continuing in Del Rio. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1929. His hobbies are hunting, woodworking, gun collecting, travel and reading. He delivers Meals on Wheel, does vounteer work with 'I Like to Read' program in public schools and "tries to be of service to the community."
Dixie Davenport began teaching in Mathis after her youngest child started school. She worked with non-English speaking children for three years and has taught social studies, math, and taught in Rockdale and Del Rio she taught math, coached number sense with outstanding participants, who went to state meets twice. She retired in 1974.
Dixie Davenport is a long time member of the Presbyterian Church, serving as deacon and treasurer for three years. She sang in the choir for several years, served for many years in Women of the Church offices and received a life membership in that group in 1985.
Her hobbies are reading, genealogical research and corresporendence; oil painting, travel, sewing, when time permits; visiting children and grandchildren.
Other activities include membership and treasurer of the Daughters of the American Revolution, occasionally prepares a dish for Meals on Wheels and "trys to lend a helping hand where needed."
Del Rio News Herald
January 5, 1988
Buried in Memory Garden of Edna, Edna, TX