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Robin Brown Davenport

May 27, 1953 April 4, 2012
Robin Brown Davenport
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Blessed with good looks and charm, the young, Robin Brown Davenport (Jusari Fattah) was not only a "ladies man" but a "man's man".  He lived his life as Frank Sinatra once sang by "Doing it His Way".

He was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 27, 1953 as the 2nd son of of his military father, Russell K. Davenport (deceased) and his mother Frances Ellen Brown Davenport, now known as Falaka Fattah, who loved him immediately and unconditionally.  He was brought up in his grandmother's church as an Episcopalian and attended South Philadelphia public schools and took business courses at Community College.

Mechanically skilled, 12 year old Robin was an apprentice under Alfonso Tennessee, a general contractor; 10 years later he became a general contractor himself.

During his youth, gang wars were raging throughout the city and Robin became an enthusiastic participant.  This activity became known to his step-father, David Fattah, Sr., who broke the news to his mother.  In a desperate attempt to save his life, his mother invited Robin's gang from South Philadelphia to come and live with the family in West Philadelphia and the rest has become House of UMOJA legacy.  This catalytic summons to life has resulted in many young men becoming husbands, fathers and grandfathers.

Robin was a hard working, hard living person who founded, along with is friends, the lates Robert Allen and Charlie "Boo" Burrus, a part of House of UMOJA.  They labeled it "UMOJA Economic Bureau".  This division was geard to finding jobs for ex-gang members.  The trio also ran a youth employment program called, "Rent-A-Kid". They partnered with the Young Great Society in Mantua to provide moving services to welfare recipients.

Robin joined with his best friend, Evetta Yarbbrough, who became his wife.  She lovingly cared for him through long years of serious health issues.

In 2003, Robin became a founding member of Thomas Temple of Faith Church.

On April 4, 2012 Robin departed this life in the prayerful cradle of his assembled family.  They love and miss him dearly, but God loved him best and took him home to rest.

The love, legacy and loyalty that were so characteristic of Robin will be forever cherished by many, but most especially will be missed by: his beloved wife, Evetta Yarbrough; his children, Anthony, Angela, Robin and David; his mother and step-father, Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and David Fattah, Sr.; 5 grandchildren, Corah, David, Mikaylah, Amira and Amani; his 5 brothers, Stefan, Kenneth, Chaka, Nasser and David; half brother, Curtis; 5 nephews, Nasser, Jr., Omar, Sekou, Chaka, Jr. and James; 5 nieces, Frances, Nicole, Alyia, Cameron and Chandler; 1 aunt, Kathleen Brown and family and a host of cousins.  He is also survived by his extended family of Fattah's and many friends.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9am at Vine Memorial Baptist Church - 5600 West Girard Avenue.  Funeral service to begin at 11am.  Interment to conclude privately.

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