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Velma Hamby Greene

June 19, 1938 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Velma Greene Obituary

Mrs. Velma Hamby Greene, age 85, of Deep Gap, passed away Friday, January 26, 2024 at Watauga Medical Center.  Born June 19, 1938 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Clyde and Zell Simmons Hamby.  She was a member of Mt. Paran Baptist Church and attended Ashe County Worship Center where her son-in-law is pastor.  Velma loved the Lord, her family and friends, praying for them, going to church and reading her Bible every day.  She would call each day to make sure they were all OK.  The Lord was the center of her life and she longed to see Jesus and her husband, son, and all her family.  Velma taught Sunday school at Mt. Paran for more than 20 years and sang with her siblings, The Hamby Family and with her daughters, Carlene and Susie for years. She also sang with her sister and nieces, and later, sang with her son-in-law, Chuck and daughter, Susie, and the choir at Ashe County Worship Center.

Velma was a homemaker and baby-sat for years while raising her children until the last one went to school. She then went to work at Parkway School in the cafeteria, retiring from there with more than 20 years of service.  Velma loved the holidays when the entire family would gather and enjoy a good meal and singing around the piano.  She enjoyed reading ‘The Christmas Story’ from the Bible and would read ‘The Night Before Jesus Came’ poem to remind us to always be ready to meet the Lord.

She loved to take vacations with Susie, Chuck, Will and Carl before he passed away and enjoyed going with her daughters to Hamricks and Pigeon Forge and with her son riding around the community seeing how everything was changing.

Velma was an excellent cook, loved to sew, canned vegetables and jellies, made strawberry freezer jam and apple butter and delicious biscuits and gravy.

She was the best Mama, Grandma and great-Grandma you could ask for and she will be greatly missed, but we know that soon we will see her again.  She is now enjoying heaven being with Jesus, her husband, Carl and son, Ricky. 

She is survived by her children, Hank Greene and wife, Kim, of Deep Gap, Carlene Greene and husband, Ricky, of Fleetwood and Susan Call and husband, Chuck, of Deep Gap, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Greene of Deep Gap; grandkids, Justin Greene (Heather), Shaun Greene (Melanie), Adam Greene (Kayla), Tylor Greene (Penny), Ceirra Murphy (Drew), Kyle Greene (Charity), Ryan Greene (Katie), Kaelin McNeill, William Call (Angel), and Hope Call; great-grandkids, Vandie Greene, Andon Greene, Walker Huff, Ella Huff, Tinley Murphy, Aira Greene, Gage Greene, Carlin Greene, Theo Cornett, Bella Greene, Tripp Murphy, Harper Greene, Callii Greene, Emma Greene, Zeke Greene and Willow Call.  Also surviving is her nephew, Dwayne Hamby and wife, Anne, and nieces, Ramona Hamby and son Mack and Beverly Sturgill and husband Rodney, and their daughter, Violet, and sister-in-laws, Joyce Hamby Carlton and Debra and husband Larry Panel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl S. Greene; son, Ricky C. Greene; brothers, Bill and Mack Hamby; sisters, Estelle Hamby and Nancy Hamby; sister-in-law, Loretta Hamby Cornejo; nephew, Clyde Hamby; father-in-law, Ransom Payne and mother-in-law, Denise Payne.

Funeral services for Velma Greene will be conducted Thursday evening, February 1, 2024 at 6 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Chuck Call and Rev Shawn Greene, Rev Randal Greene, and Rev Sherrill Wellborn.  The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 o’clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes.

Graveside services will be private.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Appalachian Senior Companion Program PO Box 605 Jefferson, NC 28640 or  Mt. Paran Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Brice Greene, 11820 US Hwy 221 South, Fleetwood, NC 28626.

Thank You to all her neighbors and friends who always called and checked on her and blessed her with food, gifts and cards of encouragement.  A special Thank You to her caregivers, Martha Gentry, Juanita Bledsoe and Terry Greer.

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