Velma S. "Blue" Linton(1925 - 2014)

Velma S. "Blue" Linton

Velma S. "Blue" Linton, 89, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Crawfordville, FL.

She was born February 27, 1925 in Sneads, FL. She was the 7th of 8 children born to Lewis Idus and Mary Etta Spooner. Velma was raised on a farm in Jackson County, FL. She often assisted her father with tasks traditionally believed to be a job for the men. She rode a horse or mule to gather up cows, fed the pigs, and harvested crops on the farm. After graduating from high school she worked in several other states, but eventually returned to Florida, eloped to Georgia to marry her soul mate; a lack of funds forced them to share one hamburger after getting hitched and they returned to her parents' home later that evening. Scared to tell her parents they were married, they were forced to spend their honeymoon night in separate bedrooms. They came to Tallahassee and made a life together. Velma made a career as a telephone operator, back in the day of switchboards with cords that had to be manually moved from one connection to another. She later retired for the then Centel Telephone Company.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family with arrangements (850-926-3333 or

Services will be Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 EDT at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Burial will follow at 3:30 CDT at Shady Grove Cemetery, Grand Ridge, FL.

She is survived by two daughters: Linda Henderson (Lamar) and Judy Boyer (Billy) of Crawfordville; One sister: Wilma Linton of Perry; seven grandchildren: Jerry Henderson (Melissa), Tallahassee; Tommy Henderson (Michelle), Crawfordville; Jordan Peters (Curt), Crawfordville; Jessica Hall (RJ), Pensacola; Sara Beth Boyer, Crawfordville; Buck Boyer (Barbara), Tallahassee; Emmie Boyer, Tallahassee; eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is proceeded in death by: her husband of 42 years, Tom Linton; son: Robert L. Matthews, Jr.; an infant daughter; parents: Lewis Idus and Mary Etta Spooner; three brothers: Chester, Wayne and Cletus Spooner; three sisters: Inez Gregg, Louise Robbirds and Thelma Wilson.


Funeral Home

Bevis Harvey Young Chapel
3106 CRAWFORDVILLE Highway Crawfordville, FL 32327

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on June 7, 2014