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Mrs. Evelyn Tuggle Davenport, 71, of Calhoun, departed this life Monday morning, June 26, 2017, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Evelyn was born April 21, 1946, in Calhoun, a daughter of the late Millard and Gladys Austin Tuggle. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Colene Casey, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, the Rev. Warren and Anna Mae Davenport.
Evelyn was a 1964 graduate of Valley Point High School. She received her four-year degree in criminal justice from Brenau College. She proudly served her country in the U.S. Army. She was a policewoman with the Dalton City Police for 15 years. Evelyn was elected two terms and served the people of Whitfield County as the Whitfield County Probate Judge. She worked at Hayes State Prison for several years and later retired from the Department of Family and Children Services in Floyd and Catoosa counties. She was a member of Sugar Valley Baptist Church.
Evelyn lived a life of service to others, and the true love of her life was her family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Tommy Davenport of the residence; sons and daughter-in-law, Wesley Davenport of Calhoun and Bill and Cindy Davenport of Dalton; grandchildren, Josh and Emily Kinsey, Justin Davenport and Josiah Davenport; great-grandson, Kayden Davenport; sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Jess Roegrer and Helen and Roy Ingle, all of Resaca; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Phil and Deborah Davenport of Rocky Face, Rick and Judy Davenport and Jim and Bunny Davenport, all of Dalton, and Annette Davenport of Newnan; special cousins, Ray and Mary Tuggle of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Evelyn Davenport will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Sugar Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Mitch Phillips and the Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. She will be laid to rest at Chandler Cemetery with Josh Kinsey, Justin Davenport, Mitch Hasty, Britt Hasty, Jody Davenport and Jeff Fowler serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Sugar Valley Baptist Church from 5 until 9 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Thursday until the service hour. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Department 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Ponders Calhoun Chapel, 675 Jolly Road, Calhoun; (706) 625-7577.
Published on June 27, 2017
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