OBITUARY

Bessie Marie Davenport

November 26, 1931January 1, 2021
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Bessie Marie Davenport, born on November 26, 1931 in Akron, Ohio, passed away on January 1, 2021. Bessie lived the last few years of her life at Jamestown assisted living where she loved playing games and visiting with her many friends. Bessie was always sharing her time and snacks with all the other residents. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingston, but also had a special place in her heart for all the people at Pine Ridge Baptist of Harriman where her and John where members for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband John W. Davenport, her parents Norman and Rose Guthrie, and her two brothers Bill and Dickey Guthrie. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: John and Sharon Davenport, Pam and Jerry Woody, Dan Davenport and special friend Elizabeth Hickmont , Sandy and Desterie Grimes; sister Harriett Wanless and two special nieces Becky Arbogast and Brenda Wanless. Bessie had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Bess loved talking to her family on the phone or getting to visit with them.

Bessie used to have a picture on the wall that read “NORMAL DAY BE AWARE OF THE TREASURE YOU ARE.” She knew that the days that you remember aren’t normal days. Its the days something goes wrong or something happens like a child being born, a special trip or even getting lost on vacation. Later on, you look back on all those things as special memories in life. One of her favorite ways to pass time was reading the Bible or singing in the choir when she was able. A copy of the song IN THE GARDEN was on her desk when she died. The first verse in mentions I come to the garden alone. Bess will never walk alone again because she will, without a doubt, be in heaven with dad and walking the streets of gold with God.

During the time of Covid the family does not feel there is a safe way to have visitation. Please know the family knows that Bessie had many friends that loved her throughout her life. The funeral will be January 9, 2021 at 1 o clock with Jody McCloud officiating. The family requests that masks be worn when attending the service.

Special appreciation to the staff at Jamestown Assisted living for the excellent care provided. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to the First Baptist Church of Kingston.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

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Brenda HICKS

January 7, 2021

I am Bessie Davenport niece, I have the most wonderful memories as a child visiting Tennessee on vacations going to Dollywood, the Smokies Mountain, and out on the river with Uncle Dub and Aunt Bessie . We had the best Fish Fry, and hushpuppy and homemade ice cream. I learned to water ski . But I will always remember Aunt Bessies big old smile and she would grab me hugging and pat my butt and give a big old check pinching when we arrived. I loved her so much ,and I enjoyed are talks on the phone in recent day. You were truly an Angel, I know your alright in the hands of God and back in the arms of Uncle Dub Love you always Brenda Hicks

Vivian Clark

January 6, 2021

A precious,sweetheart. Bessie Davenport,was the best Mother in Law a girl could ask for,she was always there when I needed her most,after my own Mom passed away,Bessie was the one I called on for comfort. Even after I remarried,she was always there for me, she would tell my new Mother in Law,that I was still hers,and I was. Not many people can say that. My heart breaks,that she is no longer my earthly Angel, but I know I will see her in Heaven,as there is no doubt that is where she is. My deepest sympathies for her children and grandchildren and all whom loved her,my prayers are with you.

Barbara Hatfield

January 5, 2021

Bessie was such a sweet lady. She lived 2 doors down from my Dad who I lost December 24. She was my favorite...always such a loving sweet thing. RIP my sweet little friend.

Lisa Davis

January 4, 2021

Sandy, Pam, Dan and John: I was so sad to hear of Bessie's passing. I can still hear her laughter and hear her singing in the choir at church. Such sweet memories. I'll be praying for you now during this time when there is much to do and in the days ahead.
Love to all!
Lisa (Edmonds) Davis

Eleanor Edmonds

January 4, 2021

I will always have the sweet memory of Bessie standing next to me in the choir at Pine Ridge. She was such a sweet and special lady and will always be remembered for starting Prime Time at Pine Ridge, which is still going strong.

Love to all,
Eleanor Edmonds

Rhonda Henderson

January 3, 2021

Sweet Ms Bessie, it was a delight to know her this past year at Jamestowne. She always brought me a snack to the beauty shop at her appt time , and if she forgot she'd make a special trip. Such a sweet soul, She will be greatly missed 😢

Debbie Walls

January 3, 2021

Oh where do you start with memories of sweet Bessie she not only was a former resident i cared for at Jamestowne but a neighbor for 40+ years,her life was like a beacon it shone bright when she lost Dub she knew she would be with him again and loved life to its fullest she had prayer with me each night i worked and was often the one that had the right words to say to me when i was down RIP Bessie you fought a good battle now enjoy your reward

Kimberley Faircloth

January 3, 2021

To the family,
Mrs Bessie was an amazing woman and a absolute joy to work with when i worked at Jamestown. She was one of my absolute favorites if I was sad or having a bad day she would track me down and give me the biggest hug and kiss on the cheek and she would do it till I smiled. I have missed her so much and now she is home with her beloved husband. She used to tell me so many stories about him and their life together. I'm so sorry for your loss and she will be forever remembered and loved.

Joy Wolfenbarger

January 3, 2021

Sandy and family, I have so many wonderful memories of your mom whom I claim as one of my moms too. I’ve spent so many days and nights at your home and going on vacations with you during our growing up years and each time made great memories. When at your home, I remember her laughter so clearly. She was a happy lady and loved life and I was blessed to be a part of it. Bessie always went out of her way to make sure we had fun. I loved her dearly and love you all! Prayers for comfort in your time of grief.

Beverley Kelley

January 3, 2021

We will miss Ms. Bessie in the McLoud Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church in Kingston. Thankful she is now with John and other family members. Prayers for your family. Beverley & Al Kelley

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