Velma (Vel) Sims Spurlock December 10, 1924 ~ September 26, 2012

Velma (Vel) Sims Spurlock

Born December 10, 1924, in Georgetown, Arkansas, Velma (Vel) Sims Spurlock died peacefully on September 26, 2012 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the daughter of  U.E. Sims and Annie (Lewis) Sims. Wife of Afton (Ed) Spurlock for sixty-five years, she personified the traditional views of wife as helpmate, mother as always present and supportive, grandmother and great-grandmother as cheerleader and coach as well as preparer of delicious dinners for all her family. She was active in her church community, Church of Christ in Farmington, where she helped her husband found the Thursday School for pre-schoolers, a project near and dear to her heart as she taught her charges weekly with her co-workers for over twenty years. She worked as volunteer secretary to her husband. She also taught varied ages of Sunday School and supported church meetings three times a week. At social events for her church community, she provided never only one potluck dish—always two or three—just in case more was needed. She was minister’s wife in Farmington, Arkansas, Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas, and Mountain Grove, Arkansas for a number of years.

A poet whose work was published in several church bulletins and newsletters, she played guitar and mandolin in her youth and sang with a musical trio prior to her marriage in 1942. She had a lifelong love of music. She also spent several years exploring painting, always encouraging the artistic work of her daughters and grandchildren. One of her family’s favorite poems illuminates her comment this past weekend, “I have had a beautiful life.”


A Full Life

Some people grow old gracefully,

While others afraid may be.

I have no fear of old age,

My life has been full, you see.

I have been one of those fortunate ones,

Whom God has placed in my care:

A home with little children,

A love so full, so rare.

The laughter and the little steps,

Have helped to make our home,

But now they are grown-up steps,

With a home all of their own.

Now they can teach their little ones,

To love, to laugh, and play,

While I am content in my rocking chair,

With my hair a silvery gray.

And when I look back on the days gone by,

My heart sings out with cheer.

Though my little ones are far away,

In memories they are near.

Vel Sims Spurlock


She is survived by three daughters, DeAnna Spurlock of Carlisle, PA, Pamela Mills of Fayetteville, AR, Darla Wright of  McKinney, TX as well as sons-in-law James Wright of McKinney, TX and Jack Mills of Fayetteville, AR and eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and a large extended family and many friends in her community. In reflecting on her coming death, she said she had no fear, only sadness at the thought of leaving all those she loved. She will be remembered with love as long as we all shall live and beyond.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with grandsons officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Friday, September 28, 2012 from 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Thursday School c/o of Farmington Church of Christ or Willard Walker Hospice Home.


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    Edna Mae Davis » 26. Sep, 2012

    We were blessed to have been friends to Ed and Vel, their love was shared with us all. They always knew when any of our family needed a hug , a meal, or a laugh. wonderful memories of them will last through our life time.

    Laura Amerson » 26. Sep, 2012

    Mrs. Vel was like a Grandma to me and my children. We all loved her so. She will be greatly missed. Love all of her sweet family to!

    Susi Sutton Baugus » 27. Sep, 2012

    So sad to learn of Vel’s passing, but know Heaven is rejoicing! I’ll never forget her, and cherish the times spent with she and Ed. Prayers are with her family, and know the wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time.

    Darlene Beeler » 27. Sep, 2012

    My heart-felt condolences to the family. Vel was a treasured and beloved sister in Christ who left her gentle touch on many hearts and souls. I can imagine her beautiful smile and soul-searching eyes as she reaches out to greet each and every soul gathered at the feet of Jesus.

    Debbie Abshier » 27. Sep, 2012

    Matt & Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

    Wayne and Helen Carter » 27. Sep, 2012

    Mr Ed and sweet Ms Vel, they were our other mom and dad. Will always cherish the time we had spent together, they were such Christian examples. They loved children. We have been so blessed to be a part of the Thursday Bible School program, the lives they touched and how hard they worked. Sweet Ms Vel, how we loved her, we’ll miss her, but she and Mr Ed will always remain in our hearts, thru the eyes of those children that enter the door for Thursday Bible School. They have left a wonderful legacy in you as their family. We love you, Wayne and Helen.

    Judy foster » 27. Sep, 2012

    Vel will be sorely missed by all of us. she was such a marvelous Christian example for everyone. she always made us feel like family. we enjoyed so many home cooked meals in their home. Such treasured memories. She was like a second grandmother. Condolences to her family.

    John and Melissa Merrick » 27. Sep, 2012

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

    Gil & Judi Adams » 27. Sep, 2012

    Darla & Pam,

    We are sad for you as you say good bye to your mother. The loss of a parent leaves a huge void in our lives. May your memories help ease the lonely hours which surely will come. Take comfort in the knowledge that she was a faithful Christian. What a wonderful and comforting thought. Your entire family will be in our prayers.

    Lisa Harvey » 28. Sep, 2012

    what a privilege it was to have known Ms. Vel she was a sweet
    and kind lady who always completed me, i have known her since i was
    a young girl i will miss her deeply. You are all in my prayers.

    Kaitlyn Harvey » 28. Sep, 2012

    I will miss Vel she was so kind and sweet, your all in my prayers.

    Preston and Barbara Haynie » 28. Sep, 2012

    What a blessing it has been to know our Sister Vel all these years. Her kind voice, her smile, and her quiet wisdom were always there whenever we saw her. She had a way of making everyone around her feel special and loved. We will miss you for now Sister Vel.

    May God Bless and Keep Your Family.

    Preston and Barb

    Justina Rice » 29. Sep, 2012

    Ms.Vel my sweet, sweet lady it was an honor to take care of you on hospice!! I sooo loved her, she was like a grandma to ALL of us kids at church. She is now at Mr.Ed’s side watching from above over ALL of us!! We will miss you greatly but knowning your watching us from above with your wings gives me a peacefulness!! Love you Ms. Vel!! You are in my thoughts & prayers!!

    Bob & Kathy Heitzenrater » 29. Sep, 2012

    We cannot express in words how much Vel and Ed touched our lives over the years. Their words of encouragement and wisdom have blessed so many. Their love of God and their love for others will continue to be a lasting legacy for generations to come.
    May God embrace you all with His comfort and care.

    Bob & Kathy in Baton Rouge

    Charles and Mary Jackson » 29. Sep, 2012

    We wish to send our sympathy to all of the Spurlock family. She will be missed by all of you, but what wonderful, happy memories you have of her. God bless all of you.

    Denise (Winn) Moreland » 01. Oct, 2012

    Ed and Vel have been like a part of our family. Vel was there at all the special times in our family, anniversaries, baptisms and marriages. She was always happy to see me and welcomed me in her home many times. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Denise, Pat, Kasey and Luke Moreland