James M. Davenport III, 76, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Born in Albany, NY and grew up in upstate New York, Jim received his BSE from Long Island University and his Master’s from New York University. Jim was a lifetime member of American Society of Safety Engineers and was a Certified Safety Professional.
Jim worked at Travelers Insurance Company on Long Island and relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. After marrying his wife, Sharon, he earned a promotion taking them to NYC. Later they moved to New Jersey working for Gallagher Bassett Insurance Services. When his daughter went to college he decided to get out of the “cold” and was honored to receive a job offer with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and moved to North Carolina 1993. He retired from the NC League in December 2011.
Though Jim was a quiet person he really enjoyed the arts. Performing in many musicals where he could sing and dance and “let himself go”. Jim was an avid Scout attaining the rank of Eagle Scout and further as Scout Master. Jim was very involved in church activities from choirboy to Senior Warden. For his “quiet time” you could find him building model railroad layouts and flying his private airplane. During their 47-year marriage Jim was fortunate enough to travel extensively via plane, train, and cruise throughout the world with his wife, Sharon. He was a great listener, though he didn’t say much. Jim’s smile was contagious and his personality was electrifying! He will be deeply missed by everyone he touched.
Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon, daughter, Krystal Kramer & son-in-law Bryan of Raleigh, son, Robert Young of Bethlehem, PA, grandchildren, Kristen, Hunter and William Kramer of Raleigh and Rachel, Erin, John and Marissa Young of Bethlehem.
Memorial Service will be held on June 13th at 1:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 830 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 with a reception following.
The family would like to extend a welcome to all friends and family in joining them for a “Celebration of Life” to honor Jim, at his home on Saturday, June 13th from 4-9 pm.
Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas. Please visit his memorial page www.cremnc.com and click on his name under Obituaries to sign his guest book. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to a charity of your choice in Jim’s name.