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Velma Kendrix

February 16, 1942 — October 3, 2017

Velma Ruth Kendrix Blanchard was born February 16, 1942. She was a long time member of Mt. Caramel Baptist Church. She passed on October 3, 2017 in Little Rock. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Blanchard; five sisters, Lorene Green, Emma Logan, Mary Windbird, Clara Mae Johnson, and Fannie Mae Benton; three brothers, Waymon Kendrix, Alford Kendrix and Edward Kendrix. Velma leaves to cherish her loving memories: three sons, Earnest Chambliss, James Earl Traylor (Mary) and Ivory Purifoy; four adopted sons; Hernando Traylor, Martin Benton, Johnny Benton and Charles Ray Benton; five adopted daughters; Diane Stewart (Douglas), Linda Benton, Jeanette Smith (McArthur), Jimmy Ann Benton and Carolyn Ann Caldwell (John); three sisters, Rene Westbrook, Linnie B. Barnes of Urbana, Arkansas, and Corene Rogers of Strong, Arkansas. She also leaves seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, a host of relatives and friends. Family hour will be from 5-7 pm on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Sims Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mt. Zion #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Urbana, Arkansas with Rev. W. T. Ward, eulogist. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Urbana, under the direction of Sims Mortuary. Sign the guestbook online at www.simsmortuary.com Active Pallbearers will be Douglas Stewart, Bobby Ray Barnes, Calvin Colbert, Steve Morgan, Patrick Woods and Anthony OBI. Honorary pallbearers will be R.L. Green, John Morgan, Willie Albert, Martin Benton, Eddie Lee Rogers, Jimmy Green, Tyrone Jackson and Robert Tatum. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Velma Kendrix, please visit our flower store.

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