Heaven gained an angel in the form of Velma Ruth Braswell Peoples, 85, on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. Born Sept. 21, 1933, to Katie Bell Knight and Frank Braswell Jr. in Pitt County, North Carolina, Velma was the last to join the posse of siblings, Crawford, Kay, Cleo and Jack (born Drew Sharrod).
The family moved to Virginia, where Velma graduated from St. Joseph High School in June 1951 and Valis Beauty College five years later. In the years that followed, Velma met and married Fredrick Douglass Peoples Jr., whose military career would take the couple around the globe as their family expanded to include Patricia, Terry, Carl and Kriste.
The family settled in Virginia Beach in the 1970s, where Velma remained until moving to Maryland in 2006. While in Virginia, she was a longtime member of Calvary Revival Church under the pastoral care of Bishop B. Courtney McBath and Living Waters Worship Center under pastoral care of Bishops James and Varle Rollins.
When she wasn’t working as a teacher’s aide in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, she cherished time spent with her church family and was a gifted cosmetologist and seamstress who styled hair and made clothes for her many clients and family.
Velma joins her siblings in glory and leaves her love behind in the hearts of her four children, five grandchildren, three great-grands, nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, April 29, at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
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