Former band members lost in 2016

In 2016 two of the folks who worked with Roy, when I worked with Roy, passed away. I was shocked and saddened by these untimely deaths.

Renee Cothern

When I worked with Roy, his right-hand “woman”, onstage, was a terrific singer by the name of Renee Cothern. Renae had a deep, alto, bluesy voice reminiscent – to me – of Wynonna Judd. She was a good friend, to myself and my wife (well, my ex-wife, now). Her daughter posted the following on a GoFundMe page which was set up to help with final expenses: “On Thursday, January 28th, 2016, my mother, Renee Cothern May passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism.”

The following is from her obituary – rest in peace, Renee:
“Tina Renee Cothern May, 54, passed away Jan. 28, 2016 at Kings Daughters Medical Center.
She was born on September 11, 1961 to Welton Dewitt and Millie Mearl Cothern.
Preceding her in death was her nephew, Aaron Sanford.
She is survived by one daughter, Natalie Mishoe and husband Lance; her parents,
brother, Devon Cothern; sisters, Melinda Russell and Millie Windgate;
she is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Kourtland, Kloie, Dalton.
Renee was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church.
She was a Gospel song writer and Vocalist of the Year.
She was a composer of country and gospel music and recording artist, also a talented landscape artist with Acrylics.”

Vance Davenport

When I worked with Roy, for a fairly brief time, we had the pleasure of working with an absolutely spectacular fiddle player – who was only 17-years-old at the time! His name was Vance Davenport. Years later, when I was in Nashville I tried to look up Vance – I heard he was living in the area. Siting at a bar, I asked a couple of musicians if they had ever heard of Vance Davenport. They looked at each other, then, looked at me. One of them said, “Heard of him? He’s one of the three best fiddle players on the planet….”. Vance was the most amazing musician I ever worked with, in my career. He was an absolute savant – an unbelievably gifted player. He played the fiddle, but his intonation and technique were on a par with a world-class concert violinist. And Vance was one of the most down-to-earth, kind, giving players I ever knew. I heard that he had a bout of cancer about 10 years ago, at a very young age – jsut saw a page on the web that folks were having a benefit for him in Vegas. It was a shocker, because Vance was a very straight kid – as far as I know, never smoked, drank, partied – a very family oriented guy. I thought he had beaten the beast. We eventually hooked up on Facebook and talked about old times. He didn’t mention any health problems (about two years ago). But, searching for him this fall I found that he had passed away. It hit me like a tone of bricks. I’ve got a few funny “Vance stories” I may share, one day. Rest in peace, Vance – you were much more than a great musician – you were a wonderful human being. From his obituary:

“Fairview, TN

Vance Patrick Davenport- Age 46, July 14, 2016.

Preceded in death by his mother, Kathy Davenport.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Amanda Davenport; sons, Austin Patrick Davenport and Rylan Paul Parker Davenport; father, Bob Davenport; brother, J.R. Davenport and wife, Dawn; sister, Christa Wilson and husband, Steven; mother-in-law, Sandra Jaro; father-in-law, Eddie Jaro; brother-in-laws, Bryan Jaro and John Jaro and wife, Kandie.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Interment will be at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. A reception will take place at the Pavilion immediately following the services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vance Davenport Memorial Fund at Bank of America to benefit local Fairview School Art Programs.”

Vance Patrick Davenport

Born in San Antonio, Texas on August 5, 1969

Departed on July 14, 2016 and resided in Fairview, Tennessee

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    “Cowboys for Cancer” Benefit Concert Raises More Than $7,000

    June 29, 2009 by

    “Cowboys for Cancer” Benefit Raises over $7000
    “Cowboys for Cancer,” held on Sunday, June 28 at Club Madrid inside Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, was a success, raising more than $7,000 in donations. The benefit concert was held in an effort to raise funds for cancer survivors and bring awareness to rehabilitation and wellness programs, with the event’s proceeds benefiting Vance Davenport and The Caring Place.

    Vance Davenport, a former Las Vegas resident, recently survived an arduous battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC). Davenport performed in and later became Musical Director of the Aladdin’s “Country Tonight” show before he moved to Nashville, performing and touring with such artists as Mark Chesnutt, Sara Evans, George Jones, Lone Star, Toby Keith, Ricochet and Trent Willmon. Vance’s brother, Las Vegas resident JR Davenport, singer and lead guitarist of WolfCreek, created the benefit not only to honor and assist his brother, but also to support those surviving and living with this debilitating disease.

    “I can’t thank everyone enough for their overwhelming support and tireless efforts in making our event such a tremendous success, from Station Casino’s generous donation of Club Madrid, to the local businesses who donated raffle items, to the media who helped us spread the word,” said event coordinator JR Davenport. “I feel so blessed to have been able to make a difference, not only in my brother’s remission, but in so many others’ lives affected by this disease in our community. We definitely plan to do it all again next year.”

    Lending their time and talent in support of “Cowboys for Cancer” were: Scotty Alexander, The Randy Anderson Band, Desert Outlaws, John Encinio, Lefty Lucy Band, comedienne Pam Matteson, Tony Marques, Mark O’ Toole, Third Town and WolfCreek. Matteson and O’Toole, both cancer survivors, inspired and moved the audience when sharing their personal experiences of struggle and survival. The event also featured a silent auction with autographed guitars and fiddles from such country superstars as Clint Black, Larry Gatlin, Alison Krauss, Tracy Lawrence and Loretta Lynn, among others.

    “We’re delighted to be a part of this event. We applaud JR for all that he did, and these kind of events represent the best of the Las Vegas community,” said Connie Bernstein, Chair, The Caring Place, Chair. “The Caring Place will make good use out of the proceeds we are given and continue to provide free services to those touched by cancer.”

    The highlight of the evening was when Austin Davenport, Vance’s 7-year-old son, joined his father and WolfCreek on stage to perform his rendition of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” to a standing ovation.

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