Reynold Slade Davenport, age 77, of Foxfire Village, NC, died Thursday afternoon, December 13, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born September 28, 1941, in Mackey’s Ferry, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Reynold S. Davenport, Sr. and Mary Frances (Bateman) Davenport.

He attended North Carolina State University where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 1963. Later, he earned his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Engineering. After college, Reynold enlisted with the US Army and served his country for four years. Following those years in service, he worked in the private sector before beginning a respected career in engineering education, serving at Florence-Darlington Technical for eight years before completing his career at Sandhills Community College. A passionate and dedicated instructor to his students and SCC for twenty-two years, he served as a professor and as department chair for Engineering and Computer Sciences, earning teaching excellence awards. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Reynold embraced several passions in his life: his wife Becky, his family, his church (McDonald’s Chapel), his students, and his beloved NCSU Wolfpack! In his spare time, he enjoyed travelling, playing bridge, taking photos and videos, and spending time with his family and friends—particularly with his grandchildren.

Reynold is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Becky (Lawrence) Davenport, along with his two children, Laura (and husband Jeff Hill of Seven Lakes, NC), and Jeff (and wife Ariel Davenport of Pinehurst, NC), five grandchildren—Slade Davenport, Conner Davenport, Charlie Hill, Rebecca Hill and Jackson Hill, and his sister, Ann Davenport Craft.
The family is especially grateful for the compassionate care provided by the staffs at FirstHealth and Magnolia Gardens during Reynold’s recent illnesses.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bethesda Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 with a reception immediately following in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, friends can make donations to the Reynold S. Davenport Scholarship at Sandhills Community College or to McDonald’s Chapel.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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