James Leonard Davenport (Jim Davenport), 57, of Frankfort, KY, passed on Friday, October 11, 2013, while pursuing his passion of the martial arts in Naha, Okinawa. He was born January 8, 1956, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to William and Viola Davenport.
Survived by his mother and brother, Viola and Philip Davenport, sons, James Shawn and Daniel Ransom Davenport. He was also the loving Grandfather of three grandchildren, Chase and Annabelle (Shawn and Ashley Davenport’s children) and Justice (Daniel and Sharon Davenport’s son). Jim’s father, William Davenport, and sister, Teresa Koontz, preceded him in death.
Beginning his training in 1972, Jim became a highly skilled karate-ka, widely regarded instructor and co-founder of the Koshin-ha Chito-ryu Karate-do Association as an 8th Degree Black Belt. In 1985, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a Counter Intelligence Agent in the 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Over the years he trained with numerous senior martial artist from a variety of styles as well as having taught Defensive Tactics to police officers and military personnel across the US. Loved and remembered by many for his work as a Frankfort Fireman, Paramedic, Building Inspector, owner of his own karate school and the owner of Davenport Electric.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26th, at the Berry Hill Mansion, 700 Louisville Rd. at 1 p.m. with a wake immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James L Davenport Memorial Fund, located at First Federal Savings, or send checks to: Ransom Davenport, 1905 Pyfer Ct. Lexington, KY 40514. Make all checks payable to James L Davenport Memorial.
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Jim will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, distinguished Martial Artist, avid seeker of knowledge, having the ability to talk to anyone, generosity and a warmhearted smile.