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Gaynell Hensley Davis

Proverbs 31:30

…A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.


Gaynell Hensley Davis, born May 21, 1922, a native of Unicoi County and a daughter of Robert Floyd and Sarah Elizabeth Blankenship Hensley, passed into the presence of The Lord on October 1, 2018 at her home in Erwin, TN, while surrounded by her loving family.

The greatest love of Gaynell’s life was her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After that, her family and friends filled her heart with warmth and joy daily.

Gaynell Davis was an avid quilter, quilting many beautiful quilts on an old quilting frame built by her father that hung from the kitchen ceiling.

Gaynell loved family, church, flowers, gardening, sewing, cooking, reading, and genealogy studies. She loved old sayings and used them often to teach her children the best way to live life. One of her most frequently used sayings was; ‘You can talk about me all you please, but I’ll talk about you when I’m on my knees’. She believed speaking ill of anyone was paramount to killing them, though they were still walking, talking, and breathing. Gaynell was a Godly woman and a fit pattern for anyone who would like to hear; ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant …enter into the joy of thy Lord,’ from the God she loved so dearly.

Other than her parents, Gaynell Davis was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Reverend Verno Harris Davis, who went to his heavenly home in 2013, her precious son, Gerald Lynn Davis, her loving brother, Conley Wayne Hensley, and loving sisters, Ollie Grace Hensley, and Mabel Lois Hensley.

Gaynell Davis is survived by her cherished children: Verdie Davis Sanders, husband, Edward, Evelyn Davis King, husband, Terry, Rev. R.J. Davis, wife, Darlene, Gwendolyn Davis, Anita Davis Calvert, husband, Greg, and Sandra Davis Edwards, husband, Kenneth,

Grandsons; Stacey Davis, wife, Chris, Jeffrey Sanders, Greg Sanders, Bradley Thompson, Kenny, Michael, and Matthew Edwards, step grandchildren, Zachary King, Rachel King Longton, husband, Paul, Jessica Calvert Green , husband, Ben , Cody Calvert, wife, Denise, Amber Calvert Watts, husband, Michael, Meriah Calvert Bovard, husband, Craig, 11 great-grandchildren, and 14 step great-grandchildren, several special nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.

Reverend Frank Cable of Davis Town Church in Davis Town, North Carolina will officiate.

Eulogy will be delivered by Gaynell’s children.

Honorary Pallbearer, Terry King.

Pallbearers will be Rev. R.J. Davis, Stacey Davis, Jonathan Davis, Jordan Davis, Rev. Rodney Deyton, and Edward Sanders.

Music will be provided by Coy Davis, Vernell Shuford, and Paul and Rebecca Greene.

The family will have visitation at Valley Funeral Home from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

The funeral service for Gaynell Davis will be held at Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM, interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Fellowship will continue afterward at the Mountain Dale Free Will Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Spivey Mountain. The family wishes to invite everyone to attend.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Gaynell Davis through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.