Irene Davenport, age 93, joined her Heavenly Family in the early hours of Thursday, January 20, 2022.

She was born on March 15, 1928 in the Hells Hollow section of Fannin County. Irene was preceded in death by her parents; James Garfield and Bettie Postelle Sosebee; her husband of 54 years, Elmer H. Davenport; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Annie (Twiggs) Sosebee and James and Wilma (Fowler) Sosebee; sisters and brothers-in-law Bertha (Elmer) Sosebee Payne and Ina and Francis Sosebee; son-in-law Frankie Barker; and beloved grandchildren, Dr. Lisa Barker Galloway and Jeffrey Barker.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Christine D. Barker of Copperhill, Geraldine D. and Ronald Shuler of McCaysville, Shirley D. and Freddie Wright of Copperhill, and Sheila D. and Eddie Ash of McCaysville; son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Sharon Davenport of Kodak, Tennessee; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Velma Sosebee of Dalton, Georgia; Grandchildren, Elizabeth and John Klamer, Amanda and William Skinner, Dr. Jon and Jenni Davenport, Brooke and Chris Pearson, Leanne and Danny Newton, Bryan Ash, Savannah and Daniel Foster and Roy Galloway; great-grandchildren Dakota, Brandon, Lauren, Kayla, Jeremiah, Cole, Tina, BJ, Ryan, Kimmi and Cory, Ethan, Haylee, Leia, Savannah, Leoria, Estalee and Idabelle; great-great grandchildren, Channing, Brintlie and Zachary; a bunch of adopted grandchildren, who they also called Granny Davenport or Mammaw Davenport.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Hipps Chapel Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Delmar Davenport. The grandchildren served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice, Hipps Chapel Cemetery Fund in care of Rev. Delmar Davenport, 977 Hamby Road, Epworth, Georgia, 30541, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Ort, Memphis , Tennessee, 38105.

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Akins-Cobb Funerals and Cremations of Copperhill was responsible for the preparations.