Velma Fones

Velma Irene Fones, 99, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Carlinville passed away March 17, 2020.

Velma was born Oct. 12, 1920 to John and Dessie Mae (Richie) Crays in Carlinville.

Velma worked as a general tester in the quality control lab for Owens Illinois Glass 29 years.

Velma is survived by two daughters, Joyce (James) Spann of Hartford and Elaine Brockmeier of Carlinville; son, Jerry “Butch” (Marsha) Fones of Mt. Olive; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, two great-great granddaughters, as well as one great-great grandson.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Edna Jamieson, Iola Dunn, Alice Rhodes, and Dorothy Henson, as well as four brothers, Harold, Jerry, Rusty and Chuck Crays.

Private family graveside services were held March 20, 2020 in Shipman Cemetery, Shipman.

Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

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Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville was in charge of arrangements.