Evelyn Bell Hansard, 97, of Auburn, Alabama, passed away on June 6, 2022.

Evelyn was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the late Cecil Ernest and Katie May Shields Bell on August 20, 1924. She graduated from Valley Head High School and attended University of Chattanooga. She worked at Dupont and later as the headmaster’s secretary at Girls’ Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She returned to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduating with a BS in elementary education, teaching first grade at Valley Head Elementary School.

She was a member of the Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a troop leader in Girl Scouts, an avid gardener, a voracious reader, a dedicated Braves baseball fan, and a lifelong member of the Methodist church.

Evelyn was preceded in death by Henry Orval Hansard and William Overton Davenport, Jr. (the father of her children).

Evelyn is survived by Margaret Davenport Martin (Dwight) of Fort Payne, Alabama; Patricia Davenport Johnson (Sam)of Montgomery, Alabama: and Elizabeth Davenport Long (Raymond) of Auburn, Alabama. Grandchildren are Will Martin (Julie); Libby Pope (Jonathan); Joe Johnson (Jan); Courtney Johnson (Burt); Wes Long (Cory); and Katie Long. Great-Grandchildren are Meg Martin, Lily Martin, Charlie Pope, Liz Pope, Kayleigh Greer, Shaina Greer, Lux Richie, Perrin Long and Ivy Long.

Private funeral services will be held in Valley Head, Alabama, at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.


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