Obituary of Ollie Waddleton
~~Ollie V. Smith was the only child born to Ima Lee Brookins
and Jim Cumming. Velma was born on August 23, 1935 in Eustace (Big Rock) Van Zandt County, Texas.
After graduating from St. Paul High School she moved to Dallas and attended Madame Coleman Cosmetology School. She was a stylist for a few years and after meeting and marrying her husband, Elastus Waddleton, she became a housewife. Velma and Elastus had eight children and 61 years of marriage.
After her children were school age Velma went to work for the Dallas Independent School District, working with special needs children, monitoring study hall and filling other support positions. Velma truly enjoyed working with her special needs students. She retired from DISD after 30 years of service.
Velma united with Porter CME Temple Methodist Church and was a member for 50 years. Velma moved her membership to Cedar Crest CME Church where she served on the Stewardess Board, Missionary Society, sang in the Choir and taught Sunday School. She especially enjoyed the Sundays when she taught the Sunday school class. She was a faithful member until her death.
Velma loved, loved, loved to sing. She became a member of the South Dallas Concert Choir that performed all over Dallas. Her daughter nicknamed her “Whitney.”
She is preceeded in death by two sons, Kermit and Howard; one infant daughter; and her husband of 61 years, Elastus.
Velma leaves to cherish her wonderful life and memories, four sons, Gregory (Monique), Carey (Rosa), Donald and Ronald; one daughter, Kim (Tommy); grandchildren, Kristen, Gregory Jr., Darrin (Tela), Darrell, Aaron and Nate (the great) Nathaniel; one great-grandchild, Jalen; god grandchild, Michale Austin; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.