Oliver Funeral Home of Winona, Inc.
Velma Louise Clemons Minyard
(May 25, 1922 - March 25, 2017)
Mrs. Velma Louise Clemons Minyard of Winona went home to her Lord on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in
Memphis, Tennessee. She was born in Grenada on May 25, 1922, to Phillip and Viola Avant Clemons. She was a hairdresser and
owned and operated a salon in Winona until her retirement. She was an active member of the community and of First Baptist Church
in Winona, where she taught Sunday School and served faithfully. She loved flowers and always had a beautiful yard. Her other
passion was the Lions Club, of which she was a life member, serving in several offices, including District Governor. Mrs. Minyard was
a charter member of the Winona Crossroads Lions Club. She was an active member of the club from 1985 to 2007. As a member, she
served as Club Secretary and Club Treasurer. She served as Club President during the 2004-2005 year. She was elected District
Governor in 2001, at a time when it was unusual to have a lady serve as Lions District Governor. Velma's devotion to her Club was
evident through her activities and involvement, not only in the local club, but throughout the state as well. Mrs. Minyard was very proud
of her family, her home, her church, and the Lions Club.
Mrs. Minyard is survived by her daughter, Deborah Louise Minyard of Woodbridge, VA; her son, Phillip Mnyard of Memphis, TN;
grandsons, Brad Franks and Alan Franks, of Memphis, TN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her
parents; her husband, Stells B. Minyard; and her sister, Katherine Dilley.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Oakwood Cemetery in Winona, with Dr. Tim Mims officiating. Visitation
will be on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., at Oliver Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Brad Franks, Allan Franks, Dave Pratt, Allan Pratt, Bobby Beckwith, and Nathan Crenshaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Midsouth Lions Sight and Hearing Service, 903 Madison Avenue #101, Memphis, TN
Saturday, April 1 10 - 10:45 am
Oliver Funeral Home
Satruday, April 1 11 am
|May 25, 1922
March 25, 2017
|"Our family serving your family for four generations"
A wonderful woman has passed away to our heavenly father may he take her under his wing and bless her one
more time. To the people who knew her, know she was a wonderful woman, great mother, aunt and friend. She
blessed her community and her family. My Aunt Velma will be missed by all. I will miss our talks, hugs and kisses.
Richie Dickson, PDG
Velma was one of the kindest people I have ever met. She and her dear Stells, welcomed me and Ms Charlotte to
Winona the very first time we visited the Winona Lions Club. We made 7 visits the Club largely due to her
hospitality. She served our Lions District with honor and distinction as our District Governor. Her dedication was
tireless. Thanks be to God for her witness and Service.
Lion, Richie Dickson, PDG 1990-91
Nona Kinchloe Tillman
I have just learned of Velma's passing, and I am remembering this wonderful lady with deep appreciation. She
was so sweet to my mother during the many years she was her hair dresser, and I also knew her to be a highly
intelligent, contributing citizen and a faithful friend.