Allen Norman “Bud” Davenport Jr.

July 28, 1933 - April 2, 2016
Allen Norman “Bud” Davenport Jr.

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Allen Norman “Bud” Davenport Jr., 82, of Williamsburg, passed away on April 2, 2016. Bud is preceded in death by his beloved son, Allen “Andy” Norman Davenport, III; parents Allen and Marion Davenport; sisters Shirley Chaffee and Becky Ashe. He is beloved by his wife of 60 years, Nancy; children, Andy, Kim, Scott, and Gaye; grandchildren, Brandi, Jessica, Kasey, Kristin, and Jacob. Originally hailing from upstate New York, Bud moved to Gloucester Point, Virginia at the age of eight after his father was commissioned to be the engineer on the York River ferryboats. He graduated from Achilles High School in Gloucester, Virginia in 1951. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age nineteen and met his future bride Nancy while visiting his family in Gloucester on breaks from the service. They were married on January 28, 1956 in Gloucester. During their time in Burlington, Vermont, Bud attended Champlain College. Bud and Nancy had four children, eventually settling in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1969. Five grandchildren later followed. Bud retired in 2008 after a successful and rewarding thirty-one year career at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. As the Director of Buildings and Grounds, Bud took tremendous pride in his work and gained immense satisfaction from his working relationships. Bud was a member of The New England Historic Genealogical Society as well as The American Legion. Bud was an avid gardener and a fantastic cook. He enjoyed preparing traditional New England food as well as Southern cuisine. He was also a gifted storyteller; family gatherings often revolved around tales recounting his life. In retirement, Bud enjoyed spending time with his family, while continuing his greatest joy and lifelong passion for unlocking the past through the study of genealogy. A celebration of Bud’s life will be conducted on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 3pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188.Family request casual dress attire. Interment is private. The family would like to thank the dedicated and caring nurses and certified nursing aides for all of their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg at 4445 Powhatan Parkway Williamsburg, VA 23188 or the American Cancer Society,


Saturday, April 9, 2016

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Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • April 06, 2016
    Suzanne & Tom Huddleston says:
    Bud was one of our most favorite friends and neighbors - so kind and generous and funny. How we wish we could keep bringing pies to him. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Nancy, and with all of your family.

  • April 06, 2016
    Jonny Galbraith says:
    It was my honor to get to meet Mr. Davenport and his wonder family. He will be greatly missed by everyone who met him.

  • April 06, 2016
    Bruno & Ann says:
    Dear Nancy and family: Bruno and I are so saddened by Bud's passing. He was a good friend who willingly shared his knowledge with me many times. He told great stories and we would sit and talk frequently. We shared a love of plants and dogs. Our family will truly miss him. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort.

  • April 07, 2016
    John R Ward Sr says:
    Allen and I worked together in the Watch Force at Newport News Ship years ago and he is someone you never forget. I remember the dump truck and visiting the spread he bought and also his great humor. Sorry for his family's loss.

  • April 08, 2016
    Cindy says:
    My Uncle Bud was a very special person. He was my mom's baby brother and she loved him dearly. Uncle Bud will live on forever in our hearts and I know he's in heaven with mom and Auntie Beck. Much love to Aunt Nancy and my cousins Kim, Scott and Gaye.