Greenville — Mary Ann Deavenport, 80, died on Thursday, November 29, 2018, in Greenville, SC, where she had resided for the past 2 years. She was born in Bay Springs, MS and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. Accepting employment with Eastman Chemical Company, she moved to Kingsport, TN, in 1960, where she met her future husband, Earnest W. Deavenport. They lived in and out of Kingsport over the next 42 years, also residing in Columbia, SC and Boston, MA. She was the mother of daughter, Lisa and son, Scott, leaving Eastman in 1966 to become a full time homemaker. Mary Ann and Earnie moved to Kiawah Island, SC in 2002, where they resided for 15 years. She was a member of Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport and First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. She and her husband remained members of the Elk River Club in Banner Elk, NC, where they spent the summer for the past 16 years and attended Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Fred H. and Betty H. Penton. She is survived by husband, Earnest W. Deavenport of Greenville, SC; her daughter, Lisa C. Ireland and husband, Eric of Greenville, SC; son, M. Scott Deavenport and wife, Patricia G. of Johns Island, SC; and grandchildren, Christian Deavenport, Gabriel Deavenport, Grace Ireland and Eli Ireland. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Kingsport with Rev. Sharon Amstutz and Dr. Daniel W. Massie officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holston United Methodist Home for Children, 404 Holston Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743, or to Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, 420 College Dr. SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 4, 2018
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