Paul Bennett Davenport of Knox, Pa., formerly of the Sharon area, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 9, 2020, in Clarion Hospital while surrounded by his family. He was 86.
Paul (Ben) was born Aug. 20, 1933 to Raymond and Ingeborg (Kripner) Davenport in Meadville.
After graduating from Meadville High School, he worked at several places as an optician. The latest were Sharon Optical (1981-2012) and Beitler McKee (1965-1981), where he had a reputation as a very patient and helpful person.
For all of his adult life he was active as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, which faith he instilled in all of his children. For the last five years he was a loved and respected member of the Shippenville congregation.
He married Sandra Lee Hallam on Sept. 2, 1959, and together they raised five children: Timothy (Laura) Davenport of Hermitage; Rebecca (Gerald) Brickey of Knox, Pa.; Deborah (Randall) Hetrick of Canfield, Ohio; Stephen (Tami) Davenport of Warren, Ohio; and Esther Maurer of Fredonia, Pa.
He is survived by his wif;, his five children; and nine grandchildren: Joshua, Tom, Leah, Lindsey, Alyssa, Meghan, Matthew, Lauren, and Hailey. He also leaves 12 great-grandchildren, whom he dearly loved. He also leaves a brother, Brian (Sandra) Davenport of Utah and several nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and three brothers, Jack, Don, and Mark as well as by an aunt with whom he was especially close, Geraldine Davenport. His paternal grandmother, Mamie Davenport, had an important impact on his life. He was also proceeded in death by a niece Lillian, a nephew Bob, and a son-in-law Greg Maurer.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at the Kingdom Hall, 2885 Hann Hill Road, Hermitage. Calling hours will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Harmonsburg, Pa.
Published on January 13, 2020