TOLUCA-Velma Howell Sain passed away peacefully at Cleveland Regional Medical Center on Monday, Dec., 17, 2012.
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She was 96 years old on Dec. 10, 2012. She was the oldest of seven children born to Thomas and Bryte Carpenter Howell.
Velma grew up in an era where hard work and sacrifice was the norm for farm families. She acquired a work ethic which served her throughout her life. After graduation from North Brook High School and marrying Sam, they operated a country store and service station along with a cotton gin in Toluca. In the mid-fifties, they moved to Fla., where she worked in a drug store and Sam farmed. After returning to N.C., she attended cosmetology school. She worked at Elite Beauty Salon in Cherryville with her sister-in-law and dear friend, Thelma Sellers. In later years, dementia robbed her of life's enjoyments. Velma was a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church where she was a faithful member of the UMW and adult choir. She served in many offices of the church. She was a member of Belwood Home Extension Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam M. Sain; great-granddaughter, Allie Styers; brothers, Wayne, Dean, Glenn, and Bill Howell; and sisters, Betty Smith and Ruth Queen.
She is survived by her son, Sam Carrol Sain and wife, Ellen; three grandchildren, Rick Lamb, Mandy Styers and husband Matt, and Lara Hemrick and husband Chris; and great-grandchildren, Isaac Lamb, Macie Styers and Tess Hemrick. She is also survived by a number of loving nieces and nephews in both the Howell and Sain families. Each of these family members were very special to her. She took great joy in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation: The family will receive friends following the service in St. Peter's United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's United Methodist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. Kathy Earley
Burial: St. Peter's United Methodist Church Cemetery
Funeral Home: Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is serving the family
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 6443 Fallston Road, Lawndale, N.C. 28090 or to a
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 18, 2012