Mrs. Velma A. Raven

February 2019

Mrs. Velma A. Raven

Mrs. Velma Louise Angry Raven of 2101 Armory Drive, Americus, Georgia died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at her residence.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:00 Noon in the sanctuary of the Friendship Baptist Church in Americus, Georgia. The burial will follow at the Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia.

A wake service will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 P. M. at St. John A. M. E. Church in Plains, Georgia.

Mrs. Velma L. Angry Raven was born on June 22, 1925 to the parentage of the late Mr. Cleveland and Mrs. Eliza Monts Angry. She was the last survivor of nine children. The following siblings preceded her in death: Mr. John Berry, Mrs. Blanche Miller, Rev. William Angry, Mrs. Agnes Hollis, Mr. Leroy Angry, Mrs. Exie Brown, Mrs. Lula Britt, and Mr. Joseph Angry. A sister-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Angry, and very dear and special nephew; Mr. Eugene Hollis also precede her in death.

At an early age she joined the St. John A.M.E. Church in Plains, GA where she served in many facets of the church, giving advice and guidance.

She was joined in holy matrimony to Mr. Johnnie L. Raven, Jr. on April 6, 1947. To this union four children were born: Maude, Helen, Marcus, and Kelvin.

She was a graduate of the Historic A. S. Staley High School.

Mrs. Raven was the First Lady with the following A.M.E. Churches:

Corinth/Americus, St. Mark/Lumpkin; Mt. Zion, Mahalia Chapel, Samuel Chapel/Buena Vista; St. John/Poulan, /Bethlehem/Cairo. She served as the District Supervisor for both the Albany/Valdosta and the Thomasville/Bainbridge Districts from 1992 to 2006.


* Life Member Women’s Missionary Society of the South Georgia Sixth Episcopal District, the Minister’s Spouses, Wives, and PK’s, receiving many awards and honors from both.

* The Della Franklin Missionary Society at St. John A. M. E. Church

* Past member of the Ministerial Spouses and Wives Club in Americus.

* Life Member of the Order of Easter Star Rohoma Chapter #200 in Plains whereshe served as Past Worthy Matron

* Lenora G. Lambert Senior Citizens Center, Helping Hands Mission, and the Social Hour Club.


Throughout the decades she was a housewife, farmer’s wife, mother to four, substitute teacher, and an employee with the Sumter Regional Hospital for 22 years. After retirement she travelled with her husband as he performed his duties as a Minister and Presiding Elder. She was known famously in her family for baking the best cakes and biscuits.

Velma was married to Johnnie for over 71 years. After a lengthy illness she succumbed to death on January 15, 2019.

She leaves to mourn her passing: her husband, Presiding Elder (Ret) J. L. Raven, Jr.; four children; Mrs. Maude (Rudolph) Russell, Fitzgerald, GA, Ms. Helen Wilkins, Americus, GA, Mr. Marcus (Diane) Raven, Sr., Americus, GA, and LTC (Ret) Kelvin (Shelia) Raven, Hope Mills, NC; eight grandchildren; a devoted granddaughter, Ms. Tunisia Russell, Fitzgerald, GA, Ms. MarShekia Raven, Jonesboro, GA, Ms. Kendra Raven, Americus, GA, Mrs. Jasmine Raven (Greg) Haskins, PharmD, Fuquay Varina, NC, Mr. Ryan (Taylor) Raven, Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Marcus Raven, Jr., Charlotte, NC, Mr. Corey (Ally) Raven, Cary, NC, and Erin (Fiance’, Lavon Wynn) Raven, Hope Mills, NC; one great grandson, Xavier Raven, Jonesboro, GA; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Willie B. Raven, Americus, GA; a devoted niece and nephews whom she became a mother figure to after the passing of her sister, Agnes; Jacqueline Slappey, Plains, GA and her five brothers; Owen (Lottie) Hollis, Columbus, GA, Walter (Romona) Hollis, Desoto, GA, Carlton (Debra) Hollis, Albany, GA and LTC (Ret) Blake (Deborah) Hollis, Ellenwood, GA. Several other loving nieces and nephews also survive.

Devoted cousins, Lucille Dunning and Annie B. Bryant, extended family; Rev. Shirley Strawter, Rev. & Mrs. George Vereen, P. E. Jacqueline & Charles Smith, Rev. Ernest Davis, Jr., Rev. Alfreda Williams, Ms. Rita Wade, St. John and St. Mark Church Families and others too numerous to name. Several other sorrowing relatives and friends also survive.