Vernie Mae Edwards Davenport

Vernie Mae Edwards Davenport, 82, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids after a brief illness.

A native of Seaboard, Vernie Mae was the daughter of the late Ed Lewis and Lena Barnes Edwards. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Z. L. Davenport, Jr., and her sisters, Pauline E. Lukes and Ernestine E. Kelly.

Vernie Mae worked for a number of years as a teller for the Farmers Bank of Seaboard. Later, she thoroughly enjoyed working as a tax preparer for H & R Block. Vernie was also a member of the Seaboard Chapter #275 Order of the Eastern Star. Vernie was a member of Elam Baptist Church, serving for many years as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and member of the WMU. Even when her health prevented her attendance, she participated in services through the recorded tape ministry.

She is survived by her children, Verlene D. Stephenson, of Seaboard and two sons, James L. Davenport and Charles W. Davenport, of the home; her brother, Wesley F. Edwards of Winter Haven, FL; her sister, Delano E. Davis, of Pleasant Hill; her sister-in-law, Kathryn D. Clark, of Littleton; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Elam Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Gumberry.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 17, 2013 at the church, with the Rev. Wesley Moses officiating. Interment will follow in the Seaboard cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Elam Baptist Church Building Fund, 146 Gumberry St., Garysburg, NC 27831 or the charity of one’s choice.

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