November 12, 1944 - February 21, 2023
Velma (Dollbaby) Williams was born on November 12, 1944 in Kitchen Mills, South Carolina to the late Gladys Williams(1967) and Jessie Gant(2006). Velma spent the early years of her life on the family's home place.
Velma began her education at Pine Grove Elementary in South Carolina. After moving to New York with her family she attended P.S. 27 in Brooklyn, NY. Velma graduated from Sarah J. Hale Vocational High School in 1962 as a Cosmetologist. In addition to working for over 61 years as a cosmetologist, Velma also worked for the New York City Department of Housing and Urban Development for twenty-five years until her retirement.
As a child Velma attended Smyrna Baptist Church. After relocating to New York and keeping with the "Church Covenant" she joined Bethany Baptist Church where she strengthened her relationship with the Lord. Velma was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star where she participated in charitable and educational events supporting women of the African Diaspora.
Dollbaby loved thrift shopping and sharing our family's history. At every family gathering she was a wealth of information about our heritage. We learned so many "secrets" through Velma that helped us truly understand who we are and why we love each other so much.
Waiting to greet her in glory are her mother, Gladys; her father, Jessie; her granny, Miley Williams; her sister, Jacqueline Butler and her nephew, Nathaniel Butler. Left to cherish her memories are her loving daughters, Tonya Williams and Chastity Williams; one grandson, Dante Williams; one granddaughter, Cheyanne Brown; her brother, Abraham Williams; her sister, Gloria Nipper; her aunt, Alwillie Sease and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
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