Billy Ross Davenport, Jr

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Billy Ross Davenport, Jr

Sept 2, 1960 – June 11, 2020

Billy passed away peacefully at his home that he shared with his wife, Mary in Kansas City, Kansas on June 11, 2020.

He was born, September 2, 1960 in Kansas City, KS.  After high school Billy enlisted in the Marines, where he learned the trade of being a diesel mechanic. Upon discharge from the Marines he moved to southern Missouri to practice his trade.  For several seasons, he also enjoyed working with the crew of the Mark Twain Riverboat Dance Cruise in Lake of the Ozarks, MO. Billy then went on to proudly serve as a Law Enforcement Officer alongside his father, in Eldon, MO.  Billy later moved back to Kansas City where he married the love of his life, Mary.  For several years he was an auto salesman, often referred to as, “honest” as he always championed for his customers. 

Billy cherished the time that he could spend watching sporting games with his family, as a loyal fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, even during the less than stellar seasons.  He was never a fair-weather fan.  Billy truly enjoyed the comfort T.V. shows that many of us grew up with.  As a ritual each night he made sure they watched The Andy Griffith Show together.  He seldom missed the opportunity to catch an episode of Lost in Space and The Three Stooges.  Those shows were important to Billy because they embodied family, adventure and humor.  Billy was a huge fan of John Wayne and had a room in the house dedicated to the “Legend of Westerns”, The Duke.  Adding to his repertoire of never-missed Westerns were Gunsmoke, Bonanza and The Rifleman.

Billy had a love for cooking and thrived sharing his talent with friends and family.  Making cookies from scratch with his mom was one of his fondest childhood memories.  He continued to enjoy making those cookies for his family on many occasions. Friends and family boast about Billy’s mouth-watering briskets, his always-requested macaroni salad, and potato salad.  He cooked with love and especially enjoyed sharing these dishes with his family and at family gatherings.

Billy was preceded in death by his Mother, Linda Riley of KCK and Father, Billy Davenport, Sr of Eldon, Mo.

He leaves his wife Mary Oliver Davenport of the home.  Children; Billy Davenport, III (Angel), Candice Davenport, William Davenport (Kayla), four grandchildren, and Stepmom, Debbie Davenport of Jefferson City, MO.  Siblings; Lindy Davenport Cook, Leslie Davenport Theriac (Ken), Shane Davenport, Cheyenne Davenport, Dylan Davenport, and nieces Arionna and Cheyenne Davenport, along with a host of additional family members and friends. They will forever be watched over.

Billy and his family support several causes, participating, organizing and establishing walk teams throughout the years. 


Plans for a celebration of life in Kansas City will come later as we navigate through these difficult times regarding COVID.  It is important to the family that everyone remain safe. Please continue the prayers and remember, “Life really is short”.

Memorial Contributions

Contributions in Billy’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o of the “Wait A Minute” team with the Walk To End Alzheimer’s KS/MO Walk , American Cancer Society c/o “Cancer Bee Gone” team with the Relay for Life Walk, and American Liver Foundation c/o of the “Lady Bug Squad” with the Liver Walk of Kansas.



  1. Priscilla Simpson on June 29, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    With Billy sometimes at gatherings we shared some good times with laughter! We always bragged about his Delicious Briskett he would bring to family holiday dinners. You are gone way too soon!

    Love Priscilla

    • Pamela Berry on June 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

      Billy will not be forgotten. He always made it a point to be at family functions even if it meant coming to Topeka to celebrate birthdays. We’re praying for you Mary.
      Love You
      Cousin Pam & Raymond

  2. Vonda on June 29, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Mary may God comfort and keep you all. I love you all and I am here for anything I can help with

  3. Sherri Williams on June 29, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Mary, I am so very sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Sending you virtual (((HUGS))) and love. Your church family is here if you need us.

  4. Bob Davis on June 29, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Hey Mary,

    Love you and know that Billy is at peace. I am so sorry for your loss and I am glad that you have friends that will always be there for you. There are no words that will take the pain away and if I could just take away 1/2 of it I would. Just a phone call away Mary.

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