Mrs. Velma Ree (Wheeler) Hutchins, age 83, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 after a period of declining health. Mrs. Velma was born to the late John and Anna Laura (Samples) Wheeler in Kite, Georgia on September 19, 1935. Velma went to Enota Baptist Church and was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed square dancing so much that she even sewed her own outfits. She loved to travel all over the United States and Canada and she especially enjoyed cruises. Velma also had a deep love for music; Elvis, Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam being some of her top favorites. She was a tough lady with a giving heart. She would put you in your place and make you feel loved at the same time. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Angelette Kaye Patton, Lawanda Denby and Rhonda Gay Foskey. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-laws, Jenny and Gary Garner of Athens, Georgia, Sherry and Dale Slater of Bloomingdale, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Sharon Foskey of Cleveland, Tennessee; daughter, Laura Carroll of Hiawassee, Georgia; sisters, Annie Lee Hall of McDonough, Georgia; Louise Morgan of Statesboro, Georgia; 15 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 10:00AM until 11:00AM. A memorial service will follow at 11:00AM in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home with Sharon Foskey officiating. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.
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