Velma Tyrance

Velma Tyrance

Friday, June 23rd, 1939 - Thursday, June 20th, 2019
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Velma Barnes Tyrance was born June 23, 1939 and departed this life on June 20, 2019. She was born to the late Sophia (Nichols) and Mack Barnes, Sr., in Alabama. She graduated from McIntosh High School, Valedictorian, class of 1956. After graduation, Velma attended the renown Tuskegee University. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education in 1959. Velma received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 1976.

Velma began her career in education as an English teacher at Kissimmee High School in Kissimmee, Florida where she taught from 1959-1965. Velma’s desire to provide service to others and her belief in the dignity and self-worth of all people led her to a career in social work. She was a dedicated social worker in New York from 1965 until her retirement in 1988. After relocating to Greensboro, North Carolina, Velma became a Social Work professor at North Carolina A & T State University in 1989. She retired after nineteen years of service to students enrolled in the School of Social Work.

Throughout her life, Velma was actively engaged with the community and found great reward in serving others. She was a life-long educator and dedicated her time on this earth to community service. She volunteered as an Adult Literacy Educator and as a Medicare Health Navigator in Greensboro. She touched thousands of lives over a 50 year career in education and public service.

After relocating to Omaha, Nebraska to join her sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in 2015, Velma continued to serve the community. A breast cancer survivor, she participated in My Sister’s Keeper Breast Cancer Support Group where she supported other survivors through education and advocacy. Velma was also an active member of Salem Baptist Church in Omaha. She was a member of the Golden Adventurers and she was a member of the Bread of Life Speech Choir.

Preceded in death by her parents and siblings Alice Toole (Will), Walter “Sonny” Barnes, Robert Barnes (Doris) and Clifton Barnes (Rose), Velma is survived by two loving and devoted sons and two daughters-in-law - Marcus (Stephani) of Papillion, and Nicholas (Kristina) of Bellevue, Nebraska; a loving and playful granddaughter, Emma Sophia of Papillion; a loving sister, Regena (Terry, deceased) of McIntosh, Alabama; a dedicated brother, Mack, Jr. (Nancy) of Bloomfield, New Jersey; husband, James Tyrance of Jacksonville, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. They all cherish her memory and a life well lived.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Small's Mortuary - Mobile
    950 S. Broad Street
    Mobile, AL 36603
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
    123 Allen Barnes Road
    McIntosh, Alabama
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
    123 Allen Barnes Road
    McIntosh, Alabama
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 |
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019
    St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    McIntosh, Alabama
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Velma Sanders

Posted at 11:37pm
The Bread of Speech Choir (Salem Baptist Church, Omaha, Nebraska; Rev. Dr. Selwyn Q. Bachus) extends our deepest condolences to the family and dear friends of Sis. Velma Tyrance. We were blessed by her presence and participation and she will be missed. May God hold you close and may His comfort give you peace. --Sis. Velma Jean Sanders

Willie Brown

Posted at 09:12am
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose... All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. And because Cynthia and I came to know and enjoy Velma’s company and love, she will always be a part of our most cherished memories.
Velma was far more than the mother-in-law to our daughter; she was family. For nearly 20 years, we enjoyed visiting one another in our respective homes and that of Marcus and Stephani’s. We spent many Christmases unwrapping gifts; we spent many Thanksgivings enjoying the bounty of God’s blessings, and; we spent the last five years enjoying the blessings of being grandparents.
Velma will be remembered by many names and titles: wife, mother, aunt, friend, scholar, and most recently, “Granny.” As “Granny,” she had a most treasured relationship with our granddaughter Emma Sophia. They spent much time together baking muffins, watching “episodes” and just hanging out together.
Memory is sweet and we know that our lives will be constant reminders of her gentle touch. To God be the glory for the great things that He has done and will continue to do in the lives of those who trust and believe in Him.

The Fitzherbert Family

Posted at 08:11pm
Dear Tyrance family, Our deepest sympathies and condolences. Praying for all of you during this difficult time. We love you!
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Virginia Douglass

Posted at 04:12pm
I know to be absent from the body is to present with the Lord. My dear sister/friend take your rest in His care. You will be in my heart until we meet again at Jesus feet. Virginia Douglass

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Posted at 03:03pm
May your love and memories of Ms. Velma (Barnes) Tyrance bring you peace. Anna Brown Southall, Class of 1960, Kissimmee High School, Kissimmee, FL.
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