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Mary Sue Devore

June 3, 1942 — November 8, 2021

Mary Sue Devore, age 79, of Hartsville, Tennessee, passed away in her home on Monday, November 8, 2021, in Hartsville.

Mary was born on June 3, 1942 in Westmoreland, Tennessee, to the late Herman Douglas Troutt and Eulah Ethel Coates Troutt. Mary was a believer in God and found Jesus early in life with her mother. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Psalms 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” She was a cancer survivor from 2012 until her passing on November 8, 2021, when it metastasized from her breast to her liver. She was a hard worker and worked as an assistant at G&S Paint Supply and Color Match Automotive. Mary was a tech and into detail work; she could eye match dyes on the inside of vehicles and mix paint for the outside color of them. One of the best eye matchers around; she had customers from out of state come in to get her to eye match dyes and paint the outside of their cars. She eye matched and weighed car paint for 33 years. She also worked for the convalescent center in Madison, TN for 12 and a half years.

Mary was known for having really long fingernails. She was also known as the “bird lady with the crazy hairdo.” She liked being outdoors doing things like hunting, fishing, cooking out, and gardening. Mary loved tomatoes and couldn’t get enough of them. She also loved the shows, Gun Smoke, Bonanza, Cheyenne, and old Western Movies. Mary was the best country cook around.

Mary was a beautiful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was outgoing with a great personality. She was intelligent, caring, and always gave the best advice. Mary loved African Grey birds; she had 4, Chicken George, Alex, Bo, and Chris for several years. Chicken George was with her for 40 years; he was named after a popular movie character from Roots.

Mary is survived by her children, Katrina Kimsey and James Wheeler; grandchildren, Jeremy Kimsey, Stephanie (Cody) Avans; a few step-grandchildren; great-grandchild, Britlei Chrislynn Jade Kimsey; siblings, Annie Jewel Strickland, Lewis Lee Troutt; nieces and nephews, Mark Strickland, Cathy Smith, Robin (Shane) Troutt Finchum, Mike Smith, Shelia (Tony) Kirkpatrick, Melinda (Jimmy) Troutt Jenkins, Charles Troutt, Danny Troutt, Vera Troutt, Patty Troutt, Tammy Troutt, and Sharon West; sisters-in-law, Virginia Belle Downs Troutt, Peggy Troutt;
great nieces and nephews, Kellye West, Charlie and Jessie Bosdell, Alex Jenkins; cousin Unice Adams and family; and several other family members.

In addition to her parents, she’s preceded in death by her husband of over 20 years, Michael Devore; daughter, Lisa Annette Wheeler; father to her children, R.L. Wheeler; siblings, Ray (Pearlie) Troutt, Carl Troutt, Harold Jr. Troutt, Charles Troutt; nieces and nephew, Betty Jean Troutt, Sherman Troutt, Leon Troutt, Donnie Troutt, Billy Troutt, Randy Strickland; brother- in- law, Lamar Strickland; sister-in-law, Jeanine Troutt; and nephew, Randy Strickland.

Arrangements Entrusted To: Sumner Funeral & Cremation, 615-452-9059, 128A W. Eastland Ave., Gallatin, TN 37066. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at
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