Velma Pernell


COTTON PLANT – Leah Velma Dickerson Pernell went home to be with her Lord on Oct. 16, 2013. She was born to John Addison and Dora Cox Dickerson in Tippah County on April 4, 1916.

She married Reuben Pernell of Cotton Plant on Jan. 5, 1948. He preceded her in death in 2004 after 56 years of marriage.

Mrs. Velma had a sweet, gentle spirit. She never spoke an unkind word against anyone, nor did she ever become angry. She lived her faith in every way. The most important thing in her life was her family – her husband, Reuben; her daughter, Nancy (whom she affectionately referred to as “MY NANCY”; her parents; her three brothers; and her son-in-law, Jim Cobb.

She graduated from Ripley High School in 1934. She was a member of Academy Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk for many years. A family or church dinner was never complete without a piece of Mrs. Velma’s chocolate pie. She was an excellent seamstress, making all her family’s clothes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Academy Baptist Church at Cotton Plant with the Rev. Jimmy Carr and the Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Eulogy will be given by her niece, Janet Jo Dickerson Ransom, and special words by John Haynes. Burial will be in Academy Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Pernell Cobb and her husband, Jim Cobb, of Ingomar; her sister-in-law, Clara Bow Roberson Dickerson of Okolona; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Pernell; her parents, John Addison and Dora Cox Dickerson; and three brothers, Wilson Dickerson (Evelyn), Dr. W.M. Dickerson (Mary Elizabeth) and Milton Dickerson.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Pernell Smith, Dr. W.M. Dickerson Jr., Wendell Trapp, Bruce Krumcke, Dudley Cox and Paul McAlister. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Magnolia Place Personal Care Home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the funeral home and beginning at 10:30 a.m. to service Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Academy Baptist Church.

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