Velda Faye King, 90, passed away at Community Springs Healthcare on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. She was born Oct. 24, 1921, to John Thomas and Ethel (McKinley) Whitley in St. Clair Co. just 21⁄2 miles north of where she would enjoy the rest of her life. She was the only surviving child of five born to John and Ethel.
Velda Faye graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1939. She continued her education at SMS in Springfield and Central Missouri State in Warrensburg where she obtained a BS in Education and a Masters in Administration and Supervision. She taught in rural schools in St. Clair Co. for 10 years and finished the last 26 years of her teaching at the Roscoe Consolidated District where she retired in 1989.
Velda Faye married Halley Brackenridge on Aug. 5, 1947. To this union three sons were born, one dying in infancy. Surviving are James Halley and wife, Judy, and Jerry Loyd and wife, Carleen, all who live near the family farm. Also surviving are seven grandchildren – Doug and wife,Tammy – St. Louis, Gary and wife, Afia – Seven Oaks, England, Trent and wife, Emily – New Orleans, Megan – Columbia, Betsy Blades and husband, Curt – Des Moines, Chris and wife, Ann – Wichita and Cassie Linn and husband, Joe – Platte City. She is survived by two step – grandchildren, Cary Chambers and husband, Jeff, and Tyler Poore and wife, Mandy – all of El Dorado Springs. She leaves behind 16-great grandchildren along with many nieces, cousins and dear cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and Halley who passed in 1973. In May of 1978 Velda Faye married Raymond King and they had 20 years together until his death in 1998.
“Miss” Faye was a member of Pape Christian Church, The Order of the Eastern Star, ADK Sorority and the local retired teachers group.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 13, in Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with Howard McPeak officiating. Betsy Blades gave a tribute.
Joann McPeak and Carolyn Nichols sang “In The Garden,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Living For Jesus” with Sandra Stewart accompanying on piano. Casketbearers were her grandchildren – Doug Brackenridge, Chris Brackenridge, Betsy Blades, Trent Brackenridge, Gary Brackenridge, Cassie Linn and Megan Brackenridge.
Interment was in El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs.