Velda Birgie King Armer, 95, of Kingston, departed this earthly life and made her way to Heaven on Feb. 5, 2021, at home, with her family surrounding her.
She was born on Oct. 12, 1925, at home, near Kingston, to Frank May and Mary Elizabeth Clayton King.
Velda lived her entire life in the counties of Newton and Madison, here in Arkansas. She attended school at the Elkhorn Schoolhouse and attended church there for many years, as well. She was very involved in the church at Elkhorn, serving as Sunday School Secretary from 1962-1963 and Church Secretary from 1977-1986. Velda enjoyed visiting other churches through the years and as her health declined, she loved watching her “TV preachers”.
She was a talented seamstress and crafter and made many beautiful quilts throughout the years. She was also an avid gardener with an amazingly green thumb. She enjoyed reading, doing word search puzzles, and thoroughly loved researching genealogy and family history.
Velda married James Carl Armer on July 4, 1941, and together they celebrated 55 years of marriage. They made their life on their farm near Kingston, raising hogs, cattle, and chickens.
Velda was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six sisters; two brothers; all of their respective spouses.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Junior and Billie Armer of Kingston; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, David and Julia Jackson; her very special great-granddog, Bella Rose Jackson, whom she dearly loved; a large extended family of nephews, nieces, and cousins, and a host of friends and neighbors who will certainly miss her.
A graveside service was planned for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, at 2 p.m., at the Kingston Cemetery in Kingston, Ark., with her nephew, David Watson and a close family friend, Coy Siegrest, officiating.
Pallbearers were Dennis King, Lane Weaver, Anthony Root, Dustin Davidson, Rick McCoy and Jacob Smith.
Honorary pallbearers included her nieces and nephews, Doyle Root, Lorene McElhaney, her friends on the Senior Center Bus, and those attending the Madison County Senior Center during the many years she attended.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to two people who seemed to be Velda’s guardian angels, Lorene McElhaney and Lane Weaver. Lorene watched over Granny when she rode the bus to the Senior Center, helping her in more ways than we could ever acknowledge. Lane has been her mail carrier for several years and has always kept a watchful eye out for Granny. He has rescued her after she has fallen and has hand-delivered her mail many times. We are so very blessed to have such wonderful neighbors who have helped us keep her safe.
Services are entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory, Huntsville.