History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our Valued Staff

  • Larry  Hendrix

    Larry Hendrix President - Dual Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer

    Larry Hendrix began his career in funeral service at the early age of 12 with Duckett Funeral Home in Central, SC. He moved to Walhalla in 1974 and became employed with Davenport Funeral Home. Larry and wife Carol purchased Davenport Funeral Home in 1991 and relocated the business to its current location on Hwy 11 in 1996.

    Larry is a 1974 Honors graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He received his B. S. in Economics with honors from Clemson University in 1983. Larry and Carol Hendrix have three children.

    Clubs & Organizations:
    National Funeral Directors Association (Former),
    South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service (1998-2001) where he served as President 2000-2001
    and Vice President 1999-2000,
    South Carolina Funeral Directors Assoc. (Former),
    Past Group Chairman and Secretary for the Piedmont Area for SCFDA,
    Greater Walhalla Chamber of Commerce and has served as former
    Member of Board of Directors
    Walhalla Lions Club

  • Russell Hendrix

    Russell Hendrix Operations Manager - Licensed Funeral Director

    Russell is a native of Westminster, SC. He is the son of Larry and Carol Hendrix. Russell has been an employee of Davenport Funeral Home since 2006. He graduated from Clemson University in December of 2011 with a degree in Management. Russell is a licensed Funeral Director.

  • Miss LeeAnn Hendrix Smith

    Miss LeeAnn Hendrix Smith Dual Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer

    LeeAnn is a native of Westminster, SC. She is the daughter of Larry and Carol Hendrix and wife of Hunter Smith. She has been an employee of Davenport Funeral Home since 2010. She graduated Clemson University with B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences in December of 2012. She graduated with honors from Piedmont Technical College in August 2018 and is a Dual Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. LeeAnn was a member of and formerly served as the Vice President of Walhalla Junior Women's Club, and currently serves as Guardian ad Litem in Oconee County.

  • Christopher  Hood

    Christopher Hood Licensed Funeral Director

    Christopher Hood has been with Davenport Funeral Home since 1996. He is a licensed Funeral Director, a licensed Pre-Need Counselor and is a certified crematory operator. Chris is a Past Master (1996) of Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge #92. He is a Perpetual Member and served as an officer for seventeen years. He is also a Life Member of the Clemson York Rite. Chris was born and raised in Oconee County and resides in Walhalla with his wife, Lisha and two children Kristen and Sam. His hobbies include hunting and fishing and he especially enjoys attending his children's sporting events. He is a member of Hejaz Shrine Temple, Blue Ridge Shrine Club (President 2009),Oconee Hillbilly Clan #2 and the Fifteenth District Past Masters Club.

    "A family is never really prepared for the passing of a loved one regardless of the circumstances. I feel it is my job to help make the families we serve as comfortable as possible during this trying time."

  • Donnie A. Richey

    Donnie A. Richey Insurance Specialist

    Donnie A. Richey is a native of Walhalla and has been with Davenport Funeral Home since 2009. Donnie assists families at Davenport with their insurance claims and is a certified crematory operator.

    Donnie comes to us from Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa, Georgia where he started in 2002. He is a 1989 graduate of Walhalla High School, a 1998 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, and is currently enrolled at Ogeechee Technical College in the Mortuary Science Program.

    Donnie is the son of David and Shelby Wilbanks Richey of Walhalla. He is married to Tammy Payne Richey, and they have two children, Sydney and Preston. Donnie is a member of Open Door Baptist Church and sings in the church choir. Donnie enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

  • Leonard  Loudermilk

    Leonard Loudermilk Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Anna Vissage Sanders

    Anna Vissage Sanders Business Office Manager

    Anna Vissage Sanders has been with Davenport Funeral Home since August 2015, and works in our business office. She is also a certified crematory operator.

    Anna is a native of Mountain Rest, SC. She graduated from Tri-County Technical College with an Associate Degree in Business Management.

  • Fud  Cater

    Fud Cater Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Billy Nix

    Billy Nix Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Rev. Ray Barnwell

    Rev. Ray Barnwell Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Joe Bryant

    Joe Bryant Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Rev. Phillip Baily

    Rev. Phillip Baily Funeral Director's Assistant

  • Steve Stancil

    Steve Stancil Funeral Director's Assistant

    Mr. Stancil was born on July 13, 1952, and is the oldest son of Doyle and Rilla Stancil. He graduated from Walhalla High School in 1970, and was a member of the Walhalla High School Marching Band for six years. He has been happily married to his wife, Anita Holden, since June of 1979. Mr. Stancil is a member of Walhalla First Baptist Church, where he serves as a Deacon, Sunday School Director and is chairman of the Budget and Finance Commission. Mr. Stancil is currently serving as the Chaplain of the Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge #92 in Walhalla. He has been an avid and devoted Clemson Tiger Football fan since 1977. Before coming to Davenport Funeral Home in 2014, Mr. Stancil worked forty-one years in the retail grocery industry with both Winn Dixie and Ingles.