Mrs. Velma Whitney Becks was born to the union of Fleming and Camille Whitney on May 2, 1927, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Velma had two older brothers, Fleming Jr., and Charlie, who adored their baby sister. She attributed her strong and persevering spirit to the significant influence of her parents and brothers. Velma prided herself on being raised in a loving and supportive family, and it was her life's work to continue that tradition for her family over several decades. Her parents and brothers preceded her in death.
Velma accepted Christ at an early age, and she faithfully attended church. Wile residing in Mississippi, as a child and a teenager, she received a solid foundation, learning about Christ.
Velma loved learning and attending school. She graduated from Yazoo City High School in 1945. Upon graduating from high school, Velma moved to Saint Louis, Missouri, and subsequently, attended business school. After settling down in her hometown, Velma met the love of her life, Tyler Becks.
Velma and Tyler were united in holy matrimony on October 26, 1947. The loving couple decided to expand their family, and their first daughter, Barbara Ann, was born in 1948. They enjoyed being parents and welcomed their second daughter, Sandra Denise, in 1955. Velma and Tyler worked hard to provide a great life filled with precious memories and experiences for their daughters and grandchildren. They celebrated 53 years of marriage. Tyler and Barbara preceded Velma in death.
Velma was an ambitious woman who exhibited many talents and skills. She completed coursework at Saint Louis State Hospital and became a psychiatric aide in 1962. Velma provided over 20 years of exemplary service to her patients. Velma also successfully graduated from Ruth Flowers School of Cosmetology and became a successful entrepreneur. She opened Velma's Beauty Salon in 1967. In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as having a previous career, Velma was always committed to giving back to others. She provided over 23 yeas of volunteer service to the Family Court, Juvenile Division, by providing supportive services and mentorship to young people.
Velma was a faithful member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, since 1954. She served tirelessly at Galilee, for many years, and received notable honors over several years, for her enthusiasm, dedication, and ability to inspire others. She was acknowledged as a Lifetime Member of the Berean District Association in 1995.
Velma loved spending time with her family, shopping, traveling, fine dining, and reading. She also enjoyed outings with the Red Hat Society. Velma enjoyed pouring wisdom into her grandchildren and nurturing her great-grandchildren. She was extremely proud of her family and encouraged them to continue her legacy.
Velma departed this earthly life on February 7, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She leaves to cherish her heartfelt memories to: her daughter, Sandra (Robert); grandson, Robert Jr. (Tymesha); granddaughters, Camille (Tony), Angie (Frederick), and Brandie (Barry); great-grandchildren, Tony Jr., Tres, Alayla, Tyler, Ryan, Xavier, Harper, Ryleigh, and Callie; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and church family.
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