Obituary: Lavada Marie (Hovis) Doane

January 23, 1931 – May 14, 2020

Lavada Marie (Hovis) Doane, 89, of Bedford, passed away at 1:55 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Westview Nursing Home.

Lavada was born, January 23, 1931. in Martin County to Odis and Victoria (McBride) Hovis. She graduated from Shoals High School in 1949 and married the love of her life, Lora (Dale) Doane in August of 1950. Dale preceded her in death on December 18, 2002.

During her working years, Lavada worked for Travelers in Orleans, was a cook at the Shoals School Cafeteria, and later was the service manager of the family business, Doane’s Body Shop. She and Dale repaired and painted anything with wheels for the people of Martin and surrounding counties.

Lavada’s greatest joys in life were Dale and their family, camping, animals, (she once had 27 rescued cats) gardening, playing the piano and singing. She sang for many funerals along with Jackie Sims, Betty Downs, and Linda Johnson. She was a lady of great faith and was a member of the Dover Hill Christian Union Church.

Lavada is survived by her sons, Bob (Mary) Doane of Dover Hill and Bernard Doane of Oolitic, two grandsons, Danny (Pam) Doane and Eric (Tish) Doane of Shoals; eight great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Sara Doane; a brother-in-law, Jaines (Dee) Doane; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Dale, she was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brothers, Paul Hovis and Russell Hovis; brothers-in-law, Delbert (Dean) Doane, Merlin Mundy, and Herb Sherfick; and sisters-in-law, Donna Mundy, Delores Sherfick, Sue Doane, Minnie Hovis, and Imogene Hovis.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with Pastor Mike Schlaegel officiating. Burial will be in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of service.

All local government guidelines concerning Covid-19 and Social Distancing will be followed. Visitation will be limited to 25 people and the funeral service will be limited to 50 people.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements.