Velma S. "Blue" Linton

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Velma S. "Blue" Linton, 89, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Crawfordville.
She was born Feb. 27, 1925 in Sneads. She was the seventh of eight children born to Lewis Idus and Mary Etta Spooner. Velma was raised on a farm in Jackson County. 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 soulmate. 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 from the then-Centel Telephone Company.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Henderson (Lamar) and Judy Boyer (Billy) of Crawfordville; one sister, Wilma Linton of Perry; seven grandchildren, Jerry Henderson (Melissa) of Tallahassee, Tommy Henderson (Michelle) of Crawfordville, Jordan Peters (Curt) of Crawfordville, Jessica Hall (RJ) of Pensacola, Sara Beth Boyer of Crawfordville, Buck Boyer (Barbara) of Tallahassee, Emmie Boyer of Tallahassee; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years, Tom Linton; a son, Robert L. Matthews Jr.; an infant daughter; her parents, Lewis Idus and Mary Etta Spooner; three brothers, Chester, Wayne and Cletus Spooner; three sisters, Inez Gregg, Louise Robbirds and Thelma Wilson.
Visitation was held Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Services were held Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Burial followed at 3:30 p.m. at Shady Grove Cemetery in Grand Ridge.
Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family with arrangements (850-926-3333 or bevisfh.com).
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Published in The Wakulla News on June 12, 2014