Peaceful 10


Velma (Crumpler) Chumley

February 12, 1932 ~ January 30, 2018 (age 85)

Columbia, S.C.—Velma Crumpler Chumley, a loving wife, mother of 3 boys and 6 grandchildren, died, in her home on the 30th of January after a long illness.

Mrs. Chumley was oldest child born on February 12, 1932 in Clinton, N.C. to Gordon and Margaret Bradshaw Crumpler. She graduated from Highsmith Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Fayetteville, N.C. as a RN. She received special pediatric training at Duke University.  She married Paul Franklin Chumley, Sr. in 1960. They were married for 57 years. 

Mrs. Chumley was employed at Highsmith Hospital where she was head of the Pediatrics Floor and taught pediatrics after graduation. She later returned to work 2 nights a week, so she could care for her two boys. She was also was employed at Southeastern Regional Hospital in Lumberton, N.C. Upon marrying, the Chumley’s lived in Waynesville, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Lumberton, N.C. as her husband transferred. With Mr. Chumley being promoted, they moved to Columbia, S.C. Upon arriving in Columbia, Mrs. Chumley was one of the first registered nurses employed by Lexington County Hospital when it opened. She again worked 2 nights a week relieving the Head Night Nurse and other different positions for many years.  Working 2 nights a week allowed her to be with her 3 boys during the day.  

Mrs. Chumley was an active member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees. She and several other ladies formed a team called the “Mop Squad”, where they cleaned homes for sick and disabled people free of charge. She also along with other ladies performed skits at church functions like the churches Fall Festival. 

Mrs. Chumley is survived by her husband Paul F. Chumley, Sr., sons and daughter in laws; Paul Jr. and Jodi Chumley of Lexington, Gregory (Greg) and Donna Chumley of Lexington, Garrett (Gary) Chumley of McKinney, TX; six grandchildren, Brittany, Lauren, Katie, Grayson, Luke, and Noah; her brothers, Franklin (Dayne) Crumpler of Raeford, N.C. and Vernon (Pam) Crumpler of Southern Pines, N.C. 

Services for Mrs. Chumley will be held at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo, S.C. Burial will be at Bush River Gardens Cemetery, on Bush River Road. The family will receive friends at prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Riverland Hills Baptist Church or donate to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at and


© 2018 Crumpler Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS