Velva Boyd Winston
November 19, 1927 – February 6, 2020
Winston, Velva Burlena Boyd, 92, of Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
She was born on November 19, 1927 in Cleveland, Russell County, Va., the third of seven siblings born to the late Starlin Perry Boyd and Susie Crabtree Boyd. Growing up in Virginia’s coal country during the Great Depression, Velva’s parents instilled in all of their children the value of faith, family and hard work. In the fall of 1944, Velva, along with her older sister, were recruited to work at DuPont in Richmond where she was involved in manufacturing textiles for the war effort. Settling in Richmond, she later worked for the Federal Reserve Bank before raising her family. Later, Velva worked for Stretch & Sew Fabric Store, United Virginia Bank, and Crestar before retiring in 1994. She later worked for Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. part-time. She was a member of Ridge Baptist Church for over 60 years.
Velva is predeceased by her former husband, Conrad Lee Winston; and her brothers, Wheeler Boyd and Tommy Boyd.
Velva is survived by her siblings, Berchie Oakley of Richmond, Billy Boyd (Marion) of Doswell, Nola Melton of Richmond, and Shirley Marks of Beaverdam; children, Karen Winston Sorrell (Steve Mills) of Richmond, Thomas Keith Winston (Linda) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Lee Kevin Winston of Richmond; grandchildren, Andrew V. Sorrell (Kristen), Bradley Demery, and Elizabeth Lee Winston; great-grandchildren, Jack G. Sorrell, and Annaliese Boyd Sorrell; as well as numerous extended family and friends.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful and professional staff of St. Mary’s Hospital who provided attentive and compassionate care to Velva and her family in her final days.
A visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Ridge Baptist Church, 1515 Eastridge Rd., Henrico, Va. 23229. Interment to follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Ave., Richmond, Va. 23238.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Concert Ballet of Virginia, Box 25501, Richmond, Va. 23260.
- Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Velva Boyd Winston
February 11, 2020
Velva was a wonderful, loving person....always wore a smile and had a twinkle in her eye. She had such a great love for her family, .... especially spending time with her siblings, her children, her grandchildren & great-grandchildren! Such a lovely video tribute that shows how beautiful she was....inside & out! I am so grateful to have had this special woman in my life & I am forever grateful for her help & her love for our daughter, Ellee. She will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to the Boyd & Winston families. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” 💜