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Velna Fox Deal, age 82, of Somerset, passed from this life on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was born on September 6, 1934 in Nancy, Kentucky to the late George and Ella Mae Johnson Fox.

Velna was a graduate of Nancy High School Class of 1952 and a member of the First Baptist Church of Somerset. She loved to read the Bible and listen to Christian music. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and being a caregiver for others. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family. Velna lived her life to its fullest and loved to laugh. She was a health enthusiast and enjoyed aerobic exercising. Her genuine passion was spending time with her husband on the golf cart while feeding the ducks, squirrels and birds. For all things, Velna made no excuses – cancer, heart attack, the loss of family. Velna was enthusiastic in her love and devotion to God, her family, and daily exercise.

She is survived by her husband; James “Jim” Allen Deal, whom she married August 15, 1954; son, Douglas Deal, of Somerset, daughter; Debbie Sharpe (David) Tapp of Somerset, sisters; Sylvia Holmes, of Somerset, and Lola Emerson of Clarksville, Tennessee. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Jessica Sharpe (Nick) Stringer, Chelsea Sharpe, step-grandchildren; Andrian (Matt) Jamison, Morgan Tapp, and Katherine Tapp (Joe) Hammond and a sister-in-law; Marie Gant, of Hickory, North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Lawrence Fox and Leonard Fox; sisters; Ida Dalton and Olive Harris.

Visitation will be on Monday, April 24, 2017 after 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 12:30 P.M. at the funeral home with Dr. French Harmon and Bro. David Pendley officiating.

Burial will be in the Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

Southern Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Velna Fox Deal.