Velma was born on December 14, 1933, in Rushing, Arkansas, to Azra Leland Hinesley and Floy (Goodwin) Hinesley. She had two sisters – Margaret Sweeney and her identical twin Wilma Dora Curry. She grew up on the family’s farm and attended Rural Special School. Velma and her sisters learned to sing in harmony, their father singing bass. She had a lifelong love of music.
On May 20, 1950, she married Kenneth Lawton Berry. The couple lived in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and raised two children there, Marty Lawton Berry and Kennetha Lynn (Berry) Stringer. Later, the couple moved to Shirley, Arkansas, and added their youngest son to the family, Richard Mark Berry.
Preceding Velma in death are her parents and her sisters.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: Marty Lawton Berry and his children Haley and Lance; Kennetha Lynn Stringer and her husband Frank, her children and grandchildren, Richard Cody Stringer and his wife Ginger (Lopez) Stringer and their children Vaughan Michael and Ophelia Francis, and Miranda and Steve Eudaly; Richard Mark Berry and his wife Patricia Jackson, and children Chloe Wofford, Jackson Allen, and Anna Renee Berry.
Velma lived in several towns in Arkansas – Rushing, Stuttgart, Heber Springs, Shirley, and Fairfield Bay. She lived in Cabool, Missouri, during the 1970s and worked at Brown Shoe Company. After a short time in St. Louis, Velma moved back to Arkansas to be close to her twin sister. The two of them moved to Rogers, Arkansas, to work at Tyson Chicken. After retirement, both sisters returned to Fairfield Bay.
Velma loved baseball, crossword puzzles, rock and roll, scary movies, and reading thrillers. She loved flying. One of her favorite memories was touring Greers Ferry Lake in a helicopter with her sister. She traveled to Little Rock to see the Concorde supersonic jet. People described Velma as feisty. She loved to sing and was recently heard at the nursing home singing Patsy Cline songs. Family members knew her to be a misanthrope; this even extended to Santa Claus. At the nursing home Christmas party, she was heard to remark at the entrance of Santa, “What is that old fool doing here?”
At Velma’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may donate to Friends of the Library, Texas County Library – Cabool Branch, 117 W. Walnut Street, Houston, Missouri 65483.
Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, MO. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.