Velma Ray Thomas was born on June 14, 1935 to Maggie Doby and Ned Irving in Stonewall, MS. After a long hard fight, God called her home on April 21, 2023.
Velma was preceded in death by both her parents, Maggie Doby and Ned Irving. 8 Sisters and 5 Brothers also preceded her in death: Maggilean Jackson, Lola Mae Pearson, Thelma Everett, Bertha Mae Dumas, Emma Jean Irving, Vera Doby, Elaise Irving, Helen Taylor; George Doby, Odell Irving, Garfield Irving, Evett Irving, Billy Irving. A Great-Grandson, Dajae Coleman and a special friend of the family Horace Printis.
Velma accepted Christ at an early age. Velma was educated in the school system of Stonewall, MS. In the mid 50’s she relocated to Evanston, Illinois and made it her home. Velma’s pride and joy was her hair, and every other week you could find her in somebody’s shop. Velma worked as a Caregiver along with doing Domestic Work. She was a member of Joshua Bible Band under Evangelist Ethel Taylor. She reunited with Christ and became a member of Christ Temple MB Church under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth E. Cherry, Sr. She loved to hear her Pastor preach and sing, that was her Son.
Velma leaves to cherish her memory: 4 Daughters, Mammie (Marshall) Rodgers of Evanston, IL, Brenda Scott of Stonewall, MS., Katie Mae Thomas and Deloris Finley, both of Evanston, IL. 1 Sister, Mary Hall of Evanston, IL, 1 Brother, Edward Irving of Skokie. 6 Grandchildren, Cynthia Doby, Monica Scott, Richard Coleman, III, Marchelena Rodgers, James “J.R.” Buck and Dennis Triplett. 9 Great-Grandchildren: Kaylan Coleman, Sanyya Coleman, Jayden Coleman, Brynn Coleman, Carynn Coleman, Sienna Coleman, London Johnson, King Buck, Timmy Williams. Absolute Therapist, Socrates, a very close friend David Mansen, and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends, and Residential Hospice Care. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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