Velma Magee

Published 2:11 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“May the works I’ve done, speak for me. May the works I’ve done, speak for me. When I’m resting in my grave, and there’s nothing more to be said; May the life I’ve lived and the works I’ve done, speak for me.”

Velma A. Magee was born on Dec. 4, 1915, in Franklinton. Her parents were the Rev. Thomas C. and Easter Dyson, R.N. Velma was the ninth child of 13. On Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, she was called to her eternal home.

Velma was known by many as the Universal Grandmother, and others as Guardian Angel — by her family, she was known as Braone and Mother. She loved being around her family, and enjoyed laughter and had the most heart-warming smile.

She was married to the late Shelton Magee for 58 years. Velma was preceded in death by her six brothers, T.C Jr., Willard Earl, Willard, Chester, Henry and Ike; six sisters, Grace, Lucille, Ollie Mae, Leatha, Camille and Pearl; son, George E. Ivy; and two grandchildren, Mitchell Myers and Latonya Wells.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughters, Nellie V. Hayes, Latricia Hills and Charlene Allen; 11 grandchildren, Donald Ray Myers Sr., Cynthia L Joseph, Shelton O. Myers, Freddie E. Myers, George Ivy Jr. Thomas C Ivy, Gelisa Hill, Lanise Robinson, and Gregory Hill. She had 34 great grandchildren, 45 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-granddaughters, and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives, including her church family and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service for 10 a.m. at Payne Memorial A.M.E. Church, located at 3306 South Liberty in New Orleans, with the Rev. Troy Williams officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Park.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Franklinton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at