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Velma Thornton

Velma Jean Thornton (Lawrence)

Thursday, May 9th, 1957 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Velma was born on May 9, 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from Booker T. Washington in 1975. She went on to attend Norfolk State University. She later entered the United States Army where she served eight years and was honorably discharged due to a medical injury. She was a member of The Mount in Chesapeake, VA, where she served in The Unity Choir for 20 years. Many will remember her as a gentle, kind woman with a hardy laugh that would make heads turn as it bellowed out. Velma was diagnosed with renal disease in 2001 and it was at that time she had to relinquish her full-time employment as a CNA and in her later years a Customer Service Representative with ABC Auction. She fought this disease like a true soldier for 19 years, never complaining, just always armored and ready for the next battle. Velma is survived by her mother, Mrs. Evelyn D. Drew, her cousin Mrs. Eugenia Davis, her sister, Lisa Drew-Fowler, 2 daughters, Monique L. Evans (Javar Evans) and Joardan E.M. Thornton, three grandchildren, Breyana J. Stewart, Amaya J. Evans, Canaan J. Evans, and her beloved granddog Heathcliffe, her niece and nephew, Jada J. Fowler and Malcolm X. Fowler and a host of friends who will miss her dearly. A special thanks to Andrea Edwards, Nina Canady, Shirley Broom, and Velda Bell, whom she loved like sisters.

The family would like to give a special thanks to her renal doctors, Dr. Steven Lewinski and Dr. Daniel Rakowski, as well as Joanne Morris and the rest of the staff at the DaVita Dialysis Center who were with her on her medical journey providing care and support for many years.
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    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 3:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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Posted at 10:59am
Miss Velma made my life better in so many ways and helped me grow up into the person I am today. I will miss her but her memory will live on.
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Corliss Dreher

Posted at 10:03am
My condolences to the family, I sang on the choir with Velma for many years calling her Velda at times because it was very rare to have two people with odd names that were so close. She loved to tell me to give her my wigs when she liked one I wore. I am so sorry I could not be there for support due to being home with vertigo but know my heart felt prayer are with you all. She was love.

Michael Campbell

Posted at 05:46pm
On behalf of the Campbell Family of T W P, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Velma was a family friend and sister of ours for so many years.
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