Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her. Proverbs 31:10-11, 28
HAMPTON — On Friday, November 11, 2011, Shelby J. Davenport, 68, of Hampton, passed into His Presence at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following an extended illness and is singing with God’s Heavenly Choir.
She was the daughter of the late Donald and Ida Tester Finney, and was born in Carter County.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Whitehead and three brothers, Bill, D.C. and Bobby Finney.
She was a 1960 graduate of Hampton High School. Mrs. Davenport was a member of Union Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was Chairman of the Fellowship Committee. She was the former owner/operator of Abloom Floral Shop in Hampton.
She is survived by her husband of forty-three years, Smith Davenport Jr., of the home; three daughters, Angela McNeil and her husband, Ed, Kristi Davenport, all of Hampton, Danielle Rogers and her husband, Tim, Anderson, SC; two sons, Chris Davenport and his fiancée, Cathy, and Jason Davenport and his special friend, Kristy, all of Hampton; five grandchildren, Erin McNeil, Hayle and Hunter Davenport, Makayla Ratcliffe, Layla Rogers; a great-granddaughter, Addisyn McNeil; and a very special sister, Peggy Davenport, Butler. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Davenport will be conducted on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 8:00 PM in the Chapel of Peace, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Dr. Danny Bright and Rev. Ray Green officiating.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday prior to the service and at the home at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 11:00 AM in the Whitehead Cemetery, Butler. Active pallbearers will be selected from nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1960 Class of Hampton High School, the staff of Roan Mountain Medical Center, the staff of the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital Wound Care Center, friends and neighbors, and a very special friend, Ken Rainbolt. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:45 AM Monday.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the family. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.