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Obituary for Louise Davenport Phelps
Louise Davenport Phelps, 89, formerly of Plymouth, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Louise was born February 15, 1929 to the late Louis M. Davenport and Lena Batchelor Davenport of Creswell,, N.C. She was the youngest daughter among twelve children. Her childhood years were spent proudly helping her father on the family farm and alongside her mother preparing meals. At the age of seventeen, she married the late Harold Reid Phelps on February 26, 1946. They joyfully raised two sons of their own, Milton and Allen.
Louise strived to provide a plentiful life for her children and understood the value of hard work. After moving to Plymouth, she managed several area businesses before opening her own restaurant on Washington Street in uptown Plymouth at the age of fifty-seven. "Country with a Twist" was known for her love of true southern cooking. Patrons spoke lovingly of their time spent enjoying her meals. She often joked, "People would die without fried chicken every day of the week."
Throughout her lifetime, she graciously opened her home and table to many family and friends. Cooking for less than a crowd was never an easy task. There was always room at her table for another guest or twelve. Holidays were a family favorite, especially the Christmas season. Her love of Christmas decorations and homemade holiday candy has extended across generations.
Louise also prided herself in keeping an immaculate home. Even her grandchildren knew a day spent at her house would involve a lesson in good housekeeping before ice cream and a shopping spree.
In her later years, Louise moved to Pantego and enjoyed a rural lifestyle. She loved reminiscing about her youth and early days with Harold Reid. Her spirited nature and ability to laugh remained ever present.
Throughout her life, Louise was an active part of the congregation of Union Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, Plymouth Church of Christ and Wenona Church of Christ.
Louise is survived by her children, Milton Phelps and wife Nina Green of Manteo, N.C., Allen and wife Marianna Phelps of Pantego, N.C.; grandchildren, Kimberly P. Hahne, Meredith and husband Mitchell Briley and Allison Phelps; great grandchildren, Carson Hahne, Hayley Hahne, Chatham Briley and Emery Briley.
Louise was also preceded in death by her siblings, Leon Davenport, Foye Davenport, Marie D. Wood, Claude "C.B." Davenport, Albert Davenport, Marvin Davenport, Aubrey Davenport, Lucy D. Williams, Maye Davenport, Hallet Davenport and Selma D. Swindell.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Maitland Funeral Home in Plymouth with Phillip Paul and Lloyd Davis officiating. The Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home and other times at the home of Allen and Marianna Phelps. A private burial will be held at Davis Cemetery in Pantego.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.
Arrangements will be announced by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.