Richard Davenport

Richard Hadley Davenport passed away at Boone Hospital Center on August 11, 2013 surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 18, 2013, at 2:00 pm at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Columbia, MO.

Born on June 12, 1936 to Hadley and Rosalie (Beasley) Davenport in Audrain county.  He graduated from Mexico High School and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.

Richard was employed by MFA Oil Company for 34 years. He was a member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church and also served as Chairman of the Deacons. He enjoyed camping, his daily routine of biscuits and gravy at Hardees followed by coffee with friends at McDonald’s.  He had the trip of a lifetime being included on the Central Missouri Honor Flight #19 a year ago.

On June 19,1987 he married Charlene Wells.  He has five children and two step daughters.  Regina Cooper (Jim), Gaylen Davenport (Dawn), Renita Doyle, twin boys Roger Davenport (Carrie) and Ryan Davenport (John Competiello), step daughters, Marilyn Baker (Dan) and Kathy Karl (Eric).  He has two brothers E Fred Davenport (Brenda), Lawrence Davenport (Wanda) and a sister, Lois Polacek (Alan) of Mexico, MO.  Richard was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and stepson Michael Wells.

Memorials may be sent to Prairie Grove Baptist Church, 860 East Park Lane, Columbia, MO 65201 and Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Blvd. Ste. 1-C, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203


  1. Lewis & Janice Bybee on August 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Our sympathy to all of Richard’s family. My family was neighbors to Richard when he lived in Sweet Springs and the family has always been special to us. May God give you strength to get through the difficult days ahead.

  2. Raymond and Mary Boland on August 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Our sincere sympathy to all the Davenport family. God bless you all.

  3. David and Carolyn on August 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Sis…we are so sorry we can’t be there with you as you go through the days ahead. Just know we carry you in our hearts and prayers and we know that you know how much we loved him and will miss him. I know this….he could make a great cup of coffee at 5:30 a.m. I will miss our talks. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts.
    “And He will Lift You Up on Eagles’ Wings, Bear You on the Breath of Dawn, Make You Shine Like the Sun and Hold you In the Palm of His Hands.” Rest peacefully Brother.

  4. Jim & Alva Cunningham on August 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Our condolences on this mutual loss. Richard was a friend and a loyal employee of
    MFA Oil Co.

    Jim Cunningham
    MFA Oil Co. 1947-1990

  5. Ellen and Jim Blair on August 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davenport family. Richard was a wonderful person and will never be forgot.

  6. Ernie & Jeanette Gentry on August 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

    God will definitely show you the way to smiling again.

    I know this experience will change you forever. Just remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years.

    He is not gone. He will live in your heart forever.

  7. Darrell Martin on August 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Richard was a good man Charlene. I enjoyed working with him for many years. I know, too, he was a man of God. Let that be your comfort until you meet again.

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