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John Boynton Davenport, 94

John Boynton Davenport, 94

John Boynton Davenport was born Sept. 11, 1919 in Watertown, N.Y., to Sherman and Jane Davenport. He died Oct. 13, 2013, at Carolina Village in Hendersonville.

John attended the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating in February 1941. He was assigned to the battleship Oklahoma and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, John was assigned to various other ships during World War II and after the war was over, including USS San Juan, USS Monterey, USS Fresno, and the USS Charles R. Ware.

After the war, John served in various state-side military service positions including time in England and Germany. He retired from the service in 1965 as a Captain. During his career he received the Bronze Star for service on the USS Monterey from 1943 – 1945 and the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service from 1958 – 1960.

John obtained a Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., in 1966. He taught two years at St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minn., and then was Associate Professor of Mathematics at Duchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for

20 years. He retired to Hendersonville in 1988.

John is survived by this wife, Barbara. They were married for 67 years.

A private service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Carolina Village, Inc., 600 Carolina Village Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

An online guest book and sympathy card are available at

Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.