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Velma Lea Greene
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1926
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1940
Stony Fork (Watauga County)
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA

Creola, Velma Lea and Vernita, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Greene, were swept away in the disastrous flood of August 13, 1940. They were in the living room crying and praying when the house was overborne by the uncheckable torrent. Their brother Hooper, followed by his father, had just come in from the front porch and were standing near them when the first great crash hit the house. They were all standing side by side when the crash came and the house began to move rapidly away. Velma Lea, aged 14, was born October 1, 1926. She died in the flood on the night of the disaster, after the house had been destroyed. She was a good girl and beloved of her many friends. She professed faith in Christ and joined Stony Fork Baptist church in August, 1939. She, too, lived a beautiful life and was loyal to her church and Sunday school, at both of which she was a regualr attendant. She had a fine voice and took much interest and delight in singing. She was one of the best singers in the junior choir of Stony Fork church. She was like Creola in nature, had brown hair, dark blue, smiling eyes and greeted everyone with a beaming countenance. She was capable at home, behaved well in church and Sunday school and was considerate of her parents, brothers, and sisters. She made no enemies and was always ready to cheer and help her little playmates in school. Velma Lea is greatly missed by everyone. Her soul is resting sweetly in the mansions on high, awaiting that day to come when she may clasp her mother's hand again and meet her other loved ones face to face. The three sisters were buried in one large grave with their father. Many beautiful flowers covered their resting place.

Hooper was the first to escape from the raging torrent. He was caught by a bush about a quarter of a mile from where the house started, on Mr. Vern Greene's bottom land, over which the flood waters were spreading widely. A short time before he lodged in the bush, one of his sisters, Velme Lea, was borne past him screaming, but he was being carried along so swiftly by the current that he could not rescue her. To his deep regret, he was unable to do anything for anyone, having to fight hard to get out alive. After he was thrown into the bush, he heard Velma Lea's last scream as she lodged near the bush in which he was standing. Hoping to find her, he stooped from the bush as far as he could, reaching down with one hand and feeling all around trying to find her, but all in vain. Her voice was soon stilled.

- Clemmie C. Cook Greene
"The Most Disastrous Flood" 
 
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 Parents:
  Andrew William Greene (1894 - 1940)
  Eliza Ester Greene (1902 - 1969)
 
 Siblings:
  Earl Grey Greene (1920 - 2001)*
  William Hooper Greene (1921 - 1995)*
  Creola Greene (1924 - 1940)*
  Velma Lea Greene (1926 - 1940)
  Vernita Greene (1928 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Stony Fork Baptist Church Cemetery (Deep Gap)
Deep Gap
Watauga County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Greene-Shemwell
Record added: Jul 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55042603
Velma Lea Greene
Added by: Greene-Shemwell
 
Velma Lea Greene
Added by: Ben York
 
Velma Lea Greene
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You were a beautiful young woman. I only wish I had gotten the opportunty to meet my dad's sister.
- Susan Greene
 Added: Aug. 17, 2011
 
 
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