The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES -

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.jmwilk­er­son­

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