OBIT: Velma Marie Wilkerson, 85


Velma Marie Wilkerson, 85, formerly of Columbia, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Metcalfe Health Care Center in Edmonton.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1926 in Yosemite and was the daughter of the late Felin and Alma Brachett Durham.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Wilkerson on May 18, 2007.

She was a member of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Thomas H. and his wife Electra Wilkerson of Okachobee, Fla.; one daughter, Karen Dial of Columbia; and by two sisters, Helen Brackett of Liberty and Faye Carman of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thirteen grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren survive.

Funeral service was Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at Columbia First Church of the Nazarene with Bro. Scott Ezell officiating with burial in Columbia Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Gerard Smith, John Dixon, Chad Davis, Nick Devore, Greg Moore, Gary Branham, Dennis Wesley and Nick Bloodworth.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements. Please visit

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