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    Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Davenport Cloud Shine will be held,
Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. from Bellville United Methodist Church
with Rev. Carmen Rickel and Rev. John Birkelback co-officiating.
    Visitation was, Wednesday, July 6th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Knesek
Bros. Funeral Chapel in Bellville.
    Interment will be in Buckhorn at the Buckhorn Cemetery. Serving as
pallbearers are Frank J. Gaskey III, Guy William Gaskey, Charles E. Fenner,
Jr., Chet Fenner, Michael Noskeau, and William Gaskey.
    Elizabeth Davenport was born September 15, 1904 to Eddie and Charity
Davenport in El Campo, Texas. She was the 4th of 12 children and the first
girl. She was raised in Vienna community (Halletsville) Texas, helping in
the fields and the house, and helping with her many brothers and sisters.
    When she was about 17, she and a friend moved to Houston and lived in a
boarding house while working in a overall factory. She was so proficient in
her sewing that she was promoted to making dress shirts, which was a premier
position. She stated that she was so fast that she made the unheard of
salary of $20.00 or more per week.
    It was at this time that she met and fell in love with Guy Cloud. They
were married June 10, 1923 at the Bellville United Methodist Church. Guyıs
mother, Mrs. Eleanor (Nelly) Cloud Hammack, honoring them with a formal
reception before they ³entrained back to Houston², where they made their
    Elizabeth and Guy Cloud owned and operated a popular downtown Houston
restaurant for more than three decades, and their home became a favorite
stopover for soldiers during World War 11, where Elizabeth, in her own way,
contributed to the war effort.
    While Elizabeth was visiting some relatives in Palacios, Texas, some
soldiers found out she owned a restaurant, and they asked if she would
inspect their kitchen. She did, and as she was leaving, she told the men if
they were ever in Houston, to come by and see her and her family.
    The next Saturday, about three oıclock in the afternoon, the doorbell
rang, and when she went to answer it, there were four soldiers on her
doorstep saying ³Here we are.² This was in early 1943. Until the war was
over, there were 2 to 10 soldiers or sailors in her house every weekend. As
soon as they arrived, they took over the kitchen duties, and their feelings
were hurt if they could not cook Sunday breakfast for everyone.
    In 1959, Mrs. Cloud and her husband retired to his familyıs farm in
Bellville. There the pair expanded their property and raised cattle. Mrs.
Cloud continued her membership in Methodist Women and became actively
involved with the Bellville United Methodist Church and the Bellville
General Hospital Auxiliary. She was also an active member of the Bellville
Bluebonnet Garden Club.
    Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Cloud traveled to Hawaii and
throughout Europe and Asia.
    Fortunate to find love a second time, she met and married John Shine in
1972, and the couple made their home in both Buckhorn and Cat Spring. After
his death Mrs. Shine returned to Bellville, where she had resided ever
    She was an avid fishing enthusiast and a formidable domino player. She
was very artistic and over the years created many crafts, including an array
of beautiful quilts for her family.
    Elizabeth Davenport Cloud Shine passed away July 3, 2005 having attained
the age of 100 years 9 months and 18 days.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; 6 brothers: Albert, Eddie,
Nash, Cummings, Mack and Marcus Davenport; and four sisters: Marie Bonorden,
Maggie Mae Bratcher, Lorraine Glasscock, and infant sister Ima; and by her
beloved great-grandson Justin Andrew Templeton. One niece and four nephews
also preceded her in death.
    She is survived by one sister; LaNoe Gibson of Palacios, Texas; three
daughters: Margaret Cloud Miles, Mignonne Cloud Gaskey and her husband Frank
J. Gaskey of Houston; and Camilla Cloud Fenner and her husband Dr. Charles
E. Fenner, of Houston and New Ulm, Texas.
    She is also survived by her grandchildren: Elizabeth Lynn Culmer,
Guyleen Muehlebach, Frank J. Gaskey, III, Guy William Gaskey, Melissa
Noskeau, Lizbeth Fenner Foster, Charles E. Fenner, Jr., Laurie Reese, and
Chet Fenner; 19 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; 23 nieces
and nephews, and many loving friends.
    Memorial Contributions may be made to: Bellville United Methodist
Church, PO Box 188, Bellville, TX 77418-0188; The Bellville General Hospital
Auxiliary, PO Box 977, Bellville, TX 77418-0977 or to Hospice Brazos Valley,
302 Blue Bell St., Brenham, TX 77833.
    Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, 842 E.
Main, Bellville, TX 77418 (979) 865-3121.
Posted by Joy Neely


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