Monday, March 03, 2008

Th Celebration of the Life of Vergie Elizabeth Gilley October 28, 1922- February 26, 2008

Vergie, (Granny) was born October 28, 1922 in Warren County, Tennessee to Maynard and Claudia Ann Warren Davenport. She had four half-brothers, Robert, Clarence, George, and Charlie Davenport, and two half-sisters Lola Holt and Fannie Fuson; two brothers, Cecil and James Davenport.

She was a very strong willed woman. That determination enabled her to raise seven children while working a full time job and helping her husband Flavil, on the farm. During this same period of time she went back to school, where she earned her GED and continued to be involved in her church and community. She then went on to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She worked as a nurse for over 10 years. Nursing was a very appropriate profession for her as she always put everyone's needs ahead of her own.

Vergie took great pride in her family. She enjoyed telling people about her seven children Bill, Bobby, David, Shirley, Carl, Carolyn, and Brenda; her stepson Tommy and her step-daughter Jane; and their respective husbands and wives; her 21 grandchildren, and 30 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She especially enjoyed large family gatherings at her home.

Vergie was passionate about her many hobbies which included oil painting, gardening, crocheting, sewing, playing the piano, golfing, bowling, traveling, and fishing. She enjoyed fishing with her sons and grandchildren but her favorite fishing partner was her husband and best friend, Howard. Granny's love of gardening was shared by her first love, Flavil.

As we say our good-byes we are comforted in knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior and that some day we will be with her again.

I will personally remember that she always had a smile on her face and was always ready for a good laugh. She could laugh with you, at you or at herself. I will remember the summers I spent with her a Papa, the family gatherings with all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I will remember helping in the garden, snapping green beans, and canning. Going fishing, swimming, bowling and golfing. I will always carry with me fond memories. I loved my Granny but know that she was ready to go and that she is in a much better place.

1 comment:

Jane Anne said...

Carmen- I have been praying for you. What a beautiful post and such beautiful memories! I am sorry for your loss.