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Velda Jean Tyson-Hogue

1943 ~ 2020

Date of Death: October 9, 2020


In profound sadness, the staff of Veasley Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. want to express our sincere condolences to the Tyson family. Velda’s earthly temple is now resting in the care of Rowell-Parish Mortuary. Revelations 21:4 says "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death; nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Be assured that in the days ahead you will surely gain strength from the memories of Mother Velda Jean Tyson-Hogue.


Derrick Veasley ~ Director

Henry Veasley ~ Director

Pastor E.C. Maltbia ~ Chaplain


Velda Jean Tyson-Hogue was a blessing born on Monday, October 18, 1943 to the late Jack Burnett and Evelyn Louise (Moore) Shepherd in Van Buren, Arkansas. God called her to her eternal rest on Friday, October 9, 2020. She was also proceeded in death by her son, Darryl “Peanut” Shepherd, and a brother, Isaiah “Ike” Matthew Jenkins.

Velda was raised in the Fort Smith area went to school at Washington Elementary and was a Lincoln Graduate, Class of 1961. She was baptized at an early age and a longtime member of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. She was blessed to have two children; Darryl and Kevin Shepherd. Velda married Nathenal Tyson in August of 1966 and this union they had three children; Dawn, Nathalie, and David.

Velda entered Nursing School in 1968, and received her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree (LPN) in 1969. She started her career at Sparks Hospital (Baptist Health Hospital) for 4 years. She went to spend the next 41 years of servicing in the Healthcare industry at St. Edwards Hospital (Mercy Hospital). Several times during her career, she won the Clinician Award, voted by students as the most helpful LPN. Upon retiring from Mercy, she spent the next 5 years working in Home Health Care.

Velda was blessed on Friday, August 5, 1988, she married Gerald Hogue. The most important aspect of her was her “FAMILY”. She truly enjoyed and appreciated the large family dinners with her grandchildren on Sundays. She had a heart as pure as gold and dearly loved helping everyone in her path. She will be greatly missed and remembered by all who loved and treasured her.

Velda leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Gerald Hogue; her four children, Kevin, David, Dawn and Nathalie Tyson all of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her sister, Brenda Bean of Van Buren, Arkansas; her brother, Benny Taylor of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her 20 grandchildren, her 30 great-grandchildren; her adopted daughter, Paula Enoch of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her great-grandson, Jai Zavous, whom she later adopted; a host of nieces and nephews, many other relatives, and friends.


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