Mar 12, 2019 at 1:22 PM
NORTON, VA - Velma Jeanelle Ely, 92, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her residence in Jonesville, Va.
She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rosa Robinson Brickey; her husband, Manly Ely; four brothers, Miles, Maurice, Bill and Clifford Brickey; her sister, Ruth Parsons; twin sons, Gene and Dean; father of her children, A.J. Gillenwater, Sr.; three grandsons, Matthew Bowen, Jason Gillenwater and Dakota Gillenwater; and a granddaughter, Amber Michele Cline.
She is survived by her five sons, James Wesley Bowens of Lincoln Park, MI, A.J. Gillenwater, Jr. and his wife Johanna of Ben Hur, Va., Wayne Gillenwater of Johnson City, TN, William Eugene Robinson of Wytheville, Va. and Randy Brickey; six daughters, Ruble Ellen Hill of Norton, VA, Sharon Monette Gillenwater, Connie Gillenwater, Karen Louise Tate and her husband Michael all of Jonesville, VA, Lori Elizabeth Davis and her husband John of Rural Retreat, Va. and Betty Ruth Robinson; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; three brothers, Jack, David and Frank Brickey, all of Michigan; three sisters including her twin sister Thelma Jeanette White of Gate City, VA, Irene Burke of Big Stone Gap, VA, and Mary Bundy of Roopville, GA; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Allen Culbertson officiating. Interment will be at a later date.