Velma Capps Perkins of Danieltown is enjoying her Heavenly Father’s beautiful garden as of May 14, 2023.
She was born to Rosa and Charlie Capps in Norlina, North Carolina, on October 2, 1926 and was the smallest of the triplets, weighing just over 1 lb. on the kitchen scale.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Barton of Danieltown, VA, Donna Stotesbury (Wayne) of Dolphin, VA, and Janet Thompson (Kevin) of Mosely, VA; son-in-law, Ronnie West; a sister, Doris Colbert, and brothers, Big Boy Capps and Charlie Capps.
Her beloved girls, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the absolute joy of her life and she devoted much of her life to adventures with them and making sure they all attended Bible school from an early age. Jennifer Iman (Jim) of Purgitsville, WV and their children Lily, Olivia, and Matthew;nJames West (Stacey) of Alberta, VA and their children, Rachel, Caleb, Caroline, Luke and Hannah; Stacey Higgins (Pat) of Crewe, VA and their daughter, Reagan; Leisha Lopresti (Joey) of Lawrenceville, VA and their children, Kylee and Caige; Brandi Washburn (Wilson) of Lawrenceville, VA and their children, Carson and Carter; Alexa Puffenberger (Owen) of Crozet, VA and their children, Addison and Ella Mae (named after her beloved Mema); Avery Thompson (Courtney) of Charlottesville, VA; Tyler Barton (deceased) and Erica Barton and their children, Shelby, Liam, and Korrine Barton.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James “Jimmy” Perkins; daughter, Anita West; grandson, Tyler Barton; brothers, Howard, Jesse and John Capps; sisters, Thelma Brewer, Lillian Clary, Virginia Shearin and Jo Anne Edwards.
She was a long-time member of Perseverance Christian Church and devoted many years of service to teaching Sunday School, Bible School, and taking care of the church, and was very grateful to the many lifelong friends from church.
Her greatest joy came from gardening and her flowers were tended to with love and care, and shared with anyone who came to her home.
She will be greatly missed but in in our hearts forever.
The family would like to thank the physicians and nurses of VCU/CMH Hospital, the physician at VCU/CMH Emergency Department, the caregivers of Amedisys Hospice, Home Recovery Home Aid and Atlantic Medical who provided support and care during her final days.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at Perseverance Christian Church followed by interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Giving Beyond Words is a local non-profit organization started by Velma’s granddaughter Leisha Lopresti. Inspired by all the years Mema spent reading and playing with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, this organization’s mission is to give children the gift of love and connection through reading and play. Memorial contributions may be made to Giving Beyond Words, 1448 Iron Bridge Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868, in memory of Velma. Flowers may be sent to Williams Funeral home and Online condolences may be made at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com