A memorial service for J. Clyde Davenport, 90, of Tyler will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Pike Wisner officiating.
A private burial will be prior to the service in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Davenport passed away Oct. 8, 2013, at The Hamptons in Tyler. He was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Nash to James Walter and Etta Cooper Davenport.
Clyde was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Tyler and a member of the CIA Sunday School Class. Following his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Clyde attended TJC where he played basketball. Clyde served in World War II
in England, France and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. He was owner and operator of the Optical House and taught ophthalmic dispensing at TJC for 14 years. Clyde loved the outdoors and water sports such as scuba diving. He lovingly and patiently taught his children and grandchildren how to water ski. Every Saturday was spent with his family on Lake Tyler enjoying the water sports he loved. He was also a member of HAMM at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 66 years, Bettie Davenport, of Tyler; daughters, Dianne Rex and husband Jim, of Tyler, Linda Herrman and husband Randy, of Leavenworth, Kan.; son, David L. Davenport and wife Debbie, of Flint; grandchildren, Ryan Rex, Brandon Rex, Matt Herrman and wife Kierstin, Jennifer Ko and husband Dae, Amanda Whiteland and husband Mark and Lee Davenport and Nicole. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Meals on Wheels Ministry, P.O. Box 5475, Tyler, 75712.