Velma Toole, 91 - Marietta

Velma Bonnell Smart Toole, 91, wife of the late Oscar Milton “Bill” Toole, went to Heaven on December 3, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital-Downtown.

Born in Travelers Rest, SC on September 7, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Lee and Bertie Holcombe Smart. Mrs. Toole graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1939 from Laurel Creek High, she also worked for the Duke’s Sandwich Shop and JC Penney for many years and was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her 11 children, Allen Toole (Faith), Bonnie Blumer (Marc), Susan Williams, Kathy Gossett (Roger), Steve Toole, Dorothy Edwards (Steve), Jayne Toole (Ted), Jim Toole (Lisa), John Toole (Stephanie), Gary Toole and Richard Toole; 1 sister, Mary Reese (Ray); 1 brother, Carlos “Bucky” Smart; 11 grandchildren, Charlotte, Justin, Paul, Jason, Katie, Jennifer, Joshua, Samuel, Shannon, Angela, and Ashley; 9 great-grandchildren, Bryson, Sara, Bradley, Abby, Rachel, Betsie, Mary Evelyn, McKenzie, and Christian Paul and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Toole was also predeceased by a son-in-law, Scott Williams, and 4 siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at The Howze Mortuary at 2 p.m. with visitation prior from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Burial will follow at Cleveland First Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross at 940 Grove Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

The Howze Mortuary in Travelers Rest is in charge of arrangements.