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Thelma Irene Hesler, 85
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Thelma Irene Davis Davenport Hesler, 85, of McMinnville died Thursday, Oct. 24, at Raintree Manor Nursing Center in McMinnville after a prolonged illness.
She was born Dec. 13, 1927, in Warren County, the daughter of the late Henry Jay and Eliza Jane McCormack Davis. She was also preceded in death by first husband James Arlen Davenport in 1988, and second husband Wayne Everett Hesler in 2006, along with sisters Katherine Dickson, Tennie Hillis, and Beatrice Rutledge, and her brothers Robert, Carl, John Henry, and William Clayton Davis. Thelma worked for many years at City Drug Store and delighted in her customers and co-workers, taking care of her family, enjoyed Hollywood actors, movies, and country music stars. Mrs. Hesler was a member of the Church of Christ at East End.
Survivors include two sons Bob and Susie Davenport of McMinnville, and Jim and Patricia Davenport of Old Hickory. Two grandchildren, several stepchildren and step-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Carson Rust and Hector Labrada will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m., and again Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Raintree Manor Nursing Center, or to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at
McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Oct. 27, 2013