Velma Currie was born on November 24, 1931 to Walter and Lee Berter Johnson in Forrest City, Arkansas. She was the youngest of five children and was preceded in death by her loving husband, William, father Walter, mother Lee Berter, brother Walter Lee, son Caleb and her sister Deseire. She married William Currie and unto this union, they were the proud parents of three wonderful children Doris, Twy and Caleb.
She received her formal education in the Marianna, Arkansas school system and confessed her devotion to the Lord at an early age. Her marriage to Reverend William Currie afforded her an opportunity to be a member of several churches, however, Mount Zion CME Church in Caruthersville, Missouri was her final house of worship.
Velma Currie or “Ms. Currie” as she was affectionally known in her community worked as an associate insurance agent, debit manager and sales manager, for over 30 years with Universal Life Insurance Company; the second African American company in the United States to attain million-dollar-capital status. During her tenure there she was awarded many accolades, not only for her commitment to her job and hard work, but her ability to provide excellent customer service to her many clients within the Caruthersville, Missouri and its surrounding areas.
“Ms. Currie “had many outside interests as well, which contributed to her love and support of people, her community and the many organizations for which she belonged; “Ms. Currie” was truly a “phenomenal women”. She was also an amazing seamstress, an election judge and a member of the Eastern Star. Her work in many ministries and volunteering at the local nursing home in Hayti, Missouri as she was aging continues to shine the light on her commitment to service and helping others.
“Ms. Currie” will always be remembered for her tireless and phenomenal strength as a woman and her ability to sing, a hymn at church while lifting the name of Jesus to all who welcomed the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, is the reason why she sang. Singing was indeed her passion and her “angelic voice” was always welcomed by the congregation.
She truly lived a great life and is survived by two daughters, Doris Green, Twymeter Richmond and a wonderful Stepdaughter, Delores Patterson, Five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one brother Roosevelt Johnson, one sister Bernice Motley and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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