Velma Davis Runnels, 98, of Orange, died peacefully on Dec. 29, 2009 at Baptist Hospital Orange. Funeral services were held in Corsicana at Corley’s Funeral Home with interment at Post Oak Cemetery.

Velma was born Feb. 23, 1911 in Corsicana to W.J. and Sarah Davis. She worked over thirty years at the Fair Store. Velma was an excellent seamstress, loved gardening and bowling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Runnels; son, Brooklyn Runnels; granddaughter, Barbara Berardi; suns-in-law, Frank Giarratano and E. P. Sosa; six brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her sons, David Runnels and wife, Frances, Kelton Runnels and wife, Cathie; daughter-in-law, Glenda; and daughter, Evelyn Giarratano; 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.