Ex-mayor, civic leader, Ed Davenport, 80, dies

Ed Davenport, a former Brady mayor, successful businessman and community leader, died Wednesday at his home after an illness of several months. He just turned 80 on June 15. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Brady, under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery. Born June 15, 1923, in Rochelle, he was a philanthropist for the City of Brady and contributed greatly to a number of organizations. The City Council recently renamed the Heart of Texas Civic Center in his honor: Ed Davenport Civic Center. Twice elected mayor of the City of Brady, Mr. Davenport got his start in the trucking business and that grew into a large fleet after the sand industry in McCulloch County came to fruition. In recent years he became a leader in privately-owned federal detention centers. He also was a rancher and was active in several organizations including the Texas Thoroughbred Association and the North American Limousin Association. He was a shareholder and director of the Commercial National Bank and served his community on a number of civic organizations like the July Jubilee Association, the Salvation Army, West Texas Boys Ranch and West Texas Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Davenport was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army. He married the former Madeleine Guyton. She died Feb. 5, 1990. Mr. Davenport married Saundra Ruffin on May 12, 2001. Survivors include his wife, Saundra; a stepdaughter, Taunya Mravik and her husband, Josef, of Brady; a nephew, Bert Broad and his wife, Lee, of Brady, and their two daughters, Lacy Broad of San Angelo, and Christian Bunch and husband, Charlie, and their son, Hunter, of Eldorado; and three cousins, Ike Davenport and Sonny Davenport, both of Brady, and John Davenport of San Angelo.

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