Velma I. Smith

Jan 4th, 1929 - Mar 27th, 2018


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Thu, Apr. 5th, 2018 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Goreville United Methodist Church

Fri, Apr. 6th, 2018 11:00 AM


Cana Cemetery

Fri, Apr. 6th, 2018

Velma I. Smith

Goreville- Velma I. Smith, 89, of Goreville, passed away at 12:31 AM, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, SC.

Velma was born on January 4, 1929 in Johnson County to John Ellis and Mildred (Vincent) Penrod. She married Truman Smith on January 10, 1947 in Johnson County. He preceded her in death on January 19, 1983.

She was a homemaker and completely dedicated to the health and wellbeing of her family. She loved the Lord and was a longtime member who helped with communion at Goreville United Methodist Church.

Velma enjoyed sewing and gardening in her free time and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include-

Daughter- Judy Roets-Farr and husband Milford of Summerville, SC
Daughter- Paula Briggance and husband Reggie of Marion
Four Grandchildren:
Christopher Roets of Charleston, SC
Carrie Waller and husband Lt. Col Brian Waller of Tokyo, Japan
Ryan Patrick and wife Julie of Johnston City
Eric Patrick of Springfield, IL
Four great grandchildren
Brother- Donald Penrod of Springfield, MO
Sister- LuDene Welch of Metropolis, IL
Sister- Shirley Annable of Goreville

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother- Vern Penrod and infant brother- Ellis Dale Penrod.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Goreville United Methodist Church. Rev. R.G. Null and Rev. Alan Milligan will officiate. Burial will follow at Cana Cemetery in Goreville. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Goreville United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the church and funeral home. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

3 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Laura (Merriman) Hood

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: March 28, 2018

    I have such fond memories of Velma. My mom and her were good friends and sang in the choir at the Goreville Methodist Church together. My sympathy to the family, she was a great lady.

  • Guest: Jerry Pulley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 3, 2018

    With deepest regrets, learning of Velma’s passing. God has another of his own with him!

  • Guest: Bill Stearns

    From: hudson, Florida

    Date: April 15, 2018

    I just seen your mother had passed this is to Paula its been along time. i remember going across the street when i was young be nice to hear from you and hope everyone is doing well for your loss but she is with her other half having a grand reouin in heaven hope to hear from you to catch up from the past my number is 727-856-7386 or 727-457-9692