Mr. Joshua "Josh" Davenport, 38, of Milton, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2023. He was born in Woodbury, Tennessee at the Stones River Hospital on Sunday, February 19, 1984. Preceding him in death were his father, Eddie Davenport, Sr; and grandparents, Jack S. and Sally Davenport and Diana Barrett Shuler.
He is survived by his children, Brady and Cynthia Davenport, both of Bradyville; mother, Lisa (Jimmy Powers) Davenport of Woodbury; siblings, Eddie (Kelly) Davenport, Jr. of Readyville, Jeremiah Davenport, who is also Josh's twin, of Readyville, Leslie (Jeremy) McGregor of Woodbury, and Charles (Jacqueline) Davenport of Woodbury; grandfather, Vance (Melinda) Shuler of Asheboro, NC; nieces and nephews, Lindsay Powers, Abby Davenport, Lane Davenport, and Oakleigh Thomas; and close friend, Timmy Haynes.
Born just after his twin, Jeremiah, Josh made sure to live up to being the younger sibling, especially since he was the bigger of the two. As a baby, he would steal Jeremiah's bottles, so there was no question as to how Josh got the nickname "Biggun." Though Jeremiah caught up in his nutritional needs, he and Josh still had opposite personalities. The common bond they shared lied in their tempers and football.
Football was a good outlet for the boys, and Josh played for four years at Cannon County High School as a linebacker. Even though he had a temper, Josh could be a gentle giant. He was good hearted and would give you the shirt off his back. That is unless you messed with his family. Being a protector ran through his veins, and that went double for his mom and his children.
His burly build and stature was enough to back anyone down from a potential fight, and working as a mechanic and well digger throughout his life only added to his strength and grit. That gruff exterior quickly melted though in the presence of his children. He was excited to have a family, so excited, that Brady and Cynthia were born back to back, getting to be Irish twins for a week.
Even though most family members shy away from working together, Josh jumped at the opportunity to do well digging with Brady. They were best friends, and Josh had them jamming out in the truck on the way to work. Enjoying an eclectic blend of music, he was sure to introduce Brady to all sorts during their four months working together. He could goof off and work with the best of them, and that was a trait he wanted to pass on to Brady.
Now, when Josh wasn't working, he was usually tinkering. Josh tinkered with mechanical and electric objects and was proud of his creations. He had projects galore at all times, and there was no telling what he was going to take for a project. Though he would protect his mom from others, he wasn't keen on protecting her stuff from his projects. When he needed a wire for something, his mom's favorite lamp was the first thing within view with just the part he needed. That mind for creating and inventing also had Josh convinced he could make a better flashlight.
Speaking of light, Josh saw the light on September 10, 2001 when he made the decision to be baptized at Plainview Baptist Church. He faced many trials and temptations throughout his life, but one thing he was always certain of was his love for his family. It’s with broken hearts they lay their son, their brother, their father, and their friend to rest.
Visitation will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 4-6 pm. Memorial services will follow on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 6 pm in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel. Eugene Bull will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to assist with future expenses.
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