She was born on January 12, 1923, in Dallas, Texas to Andrew Franklin Powedge, Sr. and Lillie D. Wallace Powledge. She moved to Mobile, Alabama, as a child and attended Barton Academy and graduated from Murphy High School. Velma was a sister to Dorothy Powledge Jones, Martha Powledge Richards and Andrew Franklin Powledge, Jr. She married Herbert Leslie Hayles upon his return from World War II, and moved to Marianna in 1945 when Herbert joined his father-in-law and brother-in-law in business at Powledge Seed and Supply Company.
Velma was a homemaker and volunteer. She was a strong Christian who lived out her faith through her many volunteer endeavors which included the Guardian Ad Litem Program, the American Red Cross, Jackson Hospital Auxiliary, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the literacy program at the Jackson County Library. She was a 76+ year member of First Baptist Church where she volunteered in the library. She had a special place in her heart for veterans and spent many hours helping families of service men and women during the Vietnam War.
She was predeceased by her husband, parents, siblings, and son-in-law, Mike Settles.
Survivors include her daughter Charlotte Hayles Edenfield and husband, Dwight, of Marianna, daughter, Jena Hayles Settles and friend, Tom Feil, of Loudon, Tennessee. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Justin Hayles Edenfield and wife, Kristy, of Tallahassee, and Julie Edenfield Sangaree and husband, Michael, of Marianna. Great-grandchildren Jackson Hayles Edenfield and Jacob Hunter Edenfield of Tallahassee, and Brynn Elizabeth Sangaree and Willa Katherine Sangaree, of Marianna, and niece, Ellen Whigham Gray (Gerald), of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, also survive.
A graveside service will be held for family and friends Saturday, January 30, at 10:00 am at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens, Caverns Road, Marianna with James & Sikes Funeral Home Maddox Chapel directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 8190, Lakeland, Florida, 33802, www.FBChomes.org, in her memory.