Funeral service for Mrs. Velma Reynolds Medders, 94, of Alexandria, will be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Anniston Memorial Funeral Home. Dr. Garry Ragsdale and Dr. Craig Reynolds will be officiating the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12-2 prior to the service on Sunday. Burial will follow the service in Anniston Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Medders entered her Heavenly home on Thursday, November 18, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Ethel Chitwood Reynolds; her husband, Carl J. Medders; her son, Ronnie Medders; two grandsons, Joshua Medders and Chet Hafley; one great-grandson, Cory Medders; and four brothers, J.R. Reynolds, Howard Reynolds, Raymond Reynolds, and Willie Reynolds. Left to cherish the memory of Mrs. Medders are her children, Charlotte (Gerry) Curvin, Brenda (Bill) White, Shelia (Clarence) Hafley, and Pete (Shelby) Medders; 14 grandchildren, Robin Greenwood, Darrell Curvin, David (Cheryl) Medders, Clayton (Leesa) Medders, Dustin (Renee) Medders, Melissa (Jeff) Graham, Matt (Nicolette) White, Becky (Ronny) Henderson, Amanda (Jeremy) Macon, Donna Hafley (wife of grandson, Chet Hafley), Christina (Ryan) Townley, Dakota Medders, Griffin Strickland, and Carlie Strickland; 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be David Medders, Dustin Medders, Darrell Curvin, Matt White, Dakota Medders, Lamar Reynolds, and Ronny Henderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Clayton Medders, Jeff Graham, Jeremy Macon, and Ryan Townley. Mrs. Medders was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she joined when she was 11 years old, until she became homebound in recent years. She was a devoted and faithful Christian, a true matriarch of her family, and an outstanding, wife, mother, and "MawMaw". In recent years, Mrs. Medders became unable to read her Bible due to her failing eyesight, but never failed to listen to God's Word on audio tapes, daily. Her daily walk with Christ was exhibited to her family and friends in everything she did. She was always there to help others and was the true definition of what a dedicated wife, mother and "MawMaw" should be. From helping rear her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, to being a committed wife until the love of her life passed away in 2009, Mrs. Medders taught her family and those in her community what it means to love and care for others. In her spare time, Mrs. Medders enjoyed gardening, tending to her many flowers, watching cooking shows and ordering from QVC. Everyone she came into contact knew she loved Jesus, because she never failed to let them know that Jesus also loved them. Although Mrs. Medders was a golden age of 94, she was a "social media champ", actively keeping up with the latest news with friends and family on Facebook. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her and will forever be remembered for the wonderful woman she was. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Amedysis Home Health and Hospice for their unwavering support and care. Also, a special thank you to all of our family and friends for your continued support, love and prayers. Online condolences to the family at: www.annistonmemorial.com.
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Published by The Anniston Star on Nov. 20, 2021.