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Velma O. Davis
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VELMA O. (PECK) DAVIS passed away on April 8, 2018, attended by family. She rejoined her beloved husband Dwayne, more family members, and her Lord and Savior for a heavenly family reunion.

She leaves behind her children & their spouses, Patricia & David McMahan, and Bill & Marilyn Davis, grandchildren Michael D. McMahan and his wife, Richelle, Amanda K. Davis and Mark E. Davis, great-grandchildren Micah L. McMahan and Christopher D. McMahan, nephews Don and Bob Peck, niece-in-law (and wonderful friend) Suzanne Crabtree as well as several great-nieces and nephews.

Velma's closest friend was her twin sister, Thelma, who preceded her in death by nearly 10 years. Born on August 1, 1918 in Fanshawe, OK, LeFlore Co., the youngest children of William Robert & Mattie C. Pennington Peck, the twins were not expected to live and were carried on pillows and cared for by their older sisters. But the tiny twins not only survived, but thrived, with Velma reaching the age of 99!

Velma moved with her family to Atwood, OK in 1931. She accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of 14 during a 'brush arbor revival' held on some land her father was leasing. That revival, sponsored by the Atwood Baptist Church, started her 86 year association with the church. She graduated from Atwood High School in 1937 and attended East Central State College in Ada, then taught school at 'Dixie Lease' a two room school house located between Holdenville and Wewoka.

She joined the war effort by working at North American Aviation in Grand Prairie, TX as a Quality Inspector, building B-24 bombers. Her fiancé, Dwayne, actually flew in that type of aircraft as a Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner in missions over Europe. After V-E day, Dwayne returned from serving with the USAAF 8th Air Force based in England. They were married on June 5, 1945, with the anticipation that Dwayne would soon be deployed to the Pacific. Fortunately, that was not required.

After the war ended, she and Dwayne moved to Atwood where he started farming and working as an agricultural advisor to veterans starting to farm after serving in the war. She went to work at the First National Bank of Holdenville and worked there several years, taking time off to have her two children.

Velma was a long time member of the Atwood Baptist Church where she served as Church Treasurer and Secretary for many years, as well as teaching children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and many other capacities.

She was an inspiration to many people, a strong and independent woman, choosing (or really, demanding) to live by herself even at the age of 99. With her daughter living nearby, and wonderful friends in the community that she could call on, she was determined to live independently as long as possible. A recent broken leg due to a fall changed that and she was taken to Plano, TX for a complicated re-construction of her leg and previously replaced hip. Though she appeared initially to be making a remarkable recovery and progressing in her physical rehabilitation, she finally succumbed to medical complications. Even during her recovery, her sweetness and kindness to her nurses and other caregivers was an amazing testimony. One example, as she was recovering from surgery, she asked the attending nurse if she were a Christian. The young lady responded honestly, 'no'. Velma said, 'Oh, please become a Christian!' Maybe not the most eloquent testimony, but certainly a heartfelt effort - even lying in a recovery room bed - to reach someone for her Lord.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dwayne E. Davis, sisters Bertie Crabtree and Armon Cagle and brothers Henry Noel Peck and Owen G. Peck, and her twin Thelma O. Peck Edwards, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Family gathering and visitation will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.

Funeral services will be held at the Atwood Baptist Church at 10:30 AM, Saturday April 14, 2018. Rev. Darrell Brown, pastor of the Atwood Baptist Church will be officiating. Burial will be in the Holdenville Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home in Holdenville.


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Visitation

Friday

13

Apr

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home

301 East Main Street PO Box 786
Holdenville, OK 74848

Funeral Service

Saturday

14

Apr

10:30 AM
First Baptist Church of Atwood

PO Box 9
Atwood, OK 74827

Burial

Saturday

14

Apr

Holdenville Cemetery

13th Ave
Holdenville, OK 74848

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