VELMA G.P.W. CLARKE
Mrs. Velma G. Peterson Williams Clarke of Chester, VA, formerly of Petersburg, VA, (the Cool Springs and Bunker Hill Areas) departed her earthly life on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
She was born on September 25, 1945, in Newport, RI, however moved to Petersburg at an early age where she was raised in the Bunker Hill neighborhood. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Deacon Carl W. Williams, Sr. (whom she married on September 1, 1962); parents, Henry and Bertha Peterson; and two brothers, Henry Jr. and Russell.
Mrs. Velma Clarke attended Petersburg Public Schools. After graduating, she attended Petersburg General Hospital’s School of Nursing where she earned licensure as a LPN. She enjoyed a career as a LPN at Petersburg General Hospital (Southside Regional Medical Center), Central State Hospital, and Battlefield Park Nursing Home. After a successful career as a LPN, she dedicated her life to students attending Petersburg Public Schools as a Paraprofessional in the Special Education Program. She was also a licensed beautician, worked at Sears for many years and taught in the GED Program at the Crater Juvenile Detention Center. She lived life to its fullest by volunteering at the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Petersburg) and spent years as a wedding coordinator with a specialization in floral arrangements.
Mrs. Velma Clarke was baptized at an early age at Good Shepherd Baptist Church by Rev. E.E. Hicks where she served as a member of the Peterson Memorial Choir, Nurses Guild, and the Deaconess Board. Later in life, she joined Calvary Temple Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ under the leadership of the late Apostle Wesley M. Taylor, Sr. and the current leadership of District Elder Wesley M. Taylor, Jr., where she served as a lifetime Missionary.
Mrs. Clarke is survived by her husband of 25 years, Robert M. Clarke. She also leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Andre Williams (Karen) of New Jersey, Dr. Eric Williams (Dr. Tracy) of Wisconsin, Carl W. Williams, Jr. (Dr. Sonya) of North Chesterfield; and one daughter, Angelique Williams Brown (Paulus Sr.) of Chester. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Paulus Brown, Jr. (Ashley), Ashton Brown, Shaunese Williams, Carl Williams, III, Keishaun Williams, DaShaun Williams, David Williams, and Eric Williams, Jr.; three great-grandchildren, Raigan Brown, Ian Brown, and Ava Brown; four siblings, William “Bubba” Peterson, Sr. (Marjorie), Arthenia “Pheny” Martin (Louis), Brenda Talley (Floyd Jr.) and Wanda Peterson; siblings-in-love, Bishop Arnold Williams (Marjorie), Lorna Ricks (Donald), Edith Spivey, Elder James L. Clarke (First Lady Linda), and Deacon Cardwell Clarke (Minister Pauline). She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, of which devoted Kathy Bowles and Florine Brown.
A special thanks to Davita Dialysis Center, Petersburg, VA, and Dr. Sandy Gibson.
Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 2223 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA, Bishop Jeffrey L. Reaves, Sr., Pastor; and District Elder Wesley M. Taylor, Jr., eulogist. Interment to follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park.
The family will assemble 10:00 A.M. the day of the service and receive friends at 3425 Ellenbrook Drive, Chester, VA.
J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.