Henry Myron “Cotton” Davenport

Henry Myron “Cotton” Davenport, 71, of Heavener, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.He was born Dec. 19, 1942, in Weeks, Ark., to James Marion and Minnie Mae (Brixy) Davenport. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Heavener First Baptist Church. Myron was a barber in Heavener for 20 years, 18 years full-time and two years part-time. He served on the Heavener Fire Department for 12 years attaining the rank of first assistant chief, and in the Army Reserve for six years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant, Board of Police Standards and Training and three years as drill sergeant at N.C.O Academy and was an instructor of bayonette and pugil stick. Myron was employed by the KCS Railroad for 30 years, the last 27 years as an engineer. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Local 569 of Heavener. He was ordained as deacon at Independence Baptist Church in 1972 and also served as deacon at First Baptist Church in Heavener.He is survived by: his wife, Norma of the home; one daughter, Andrea Stinson and husband Scott of Poteau; two sons, Jimmy Davenport and wife Carin of Barling, Ark., Chris Davenport and wife Amy of Bentonville, Ark.; two sisters, Willa Mae Winters of Cameron, Margie Briggs of Oklahoma City; a sister-in-law, June Davenport of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Breanna Davenport, Darin Davenport, Ethan Davenport, Abbi Davenport, Christa Davenport and Kendal Stinson; numerous special nieces and nephews. Myron was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Janice Hull; and a brother, Dr. Leo Davenport.  Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Heavener First Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Haydon Hall, Brother Sam Dyer and the Rev. Larry Free officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener. Pallbearers will be Pat Edwards, Mike Duncan, Cody Kirby, Charles Williams, Ray Suttmiller and Harvey Parker.