Obituary: Ewell Davenport

Ewell Hayden Davenport Sr., 97, of Sweet Home died on the evening of March 23, 2010.

He was born July 19, 1912 in Asher, Ark. to Virgle Roscoe and Mary M. “Mollie” (Wheeler) Davenport. He moved from Arkansas to San Antonio, Texas in 1937. He returned to Arkansas in 1939 and in 1941 moved to Vernonia.

Mr. Davenport grew up on a farm and worked on dairy farms in Texas and in Newport. He eventually settled in Sweet Home in 1946.

He started logging as a timber faller in Vernonia and followed that line of work until his retirement in 1977. He spent many years working as a team with his brother, Harvey Davenport. He worked for Kellenberger Logging, Murphy Logging, Rose Logging and Willamette Industries from which he retired. He was a member of the AFL-CIO and United Woodworkers Union of America.

Mr. Davenport liked hunting, gardening, maintaining his car and truck, but most of all visiting with friends and relatives.

He is survived by his daughter, Joy Claborn and son-in-law John of Sweet Home; son Ewell and daughter-in-law Debra of Albany; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters Gennie Koury of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Mary McChristian and Lucy Wideman of Blackwell, Okla., and Opal Glenn of Elkins, Ark.; brothers Tom Davenport of Fayetteville, Ark., and Albert Davenport of Lebanon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Lora; daughter Laquita; parents Roscoe and Mollie; sister Iva Glenn; and brothers Raymond, Harvey, Otis and Truman.

Services were held March 29 at Sweet Home Evangelical Church. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.