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Velma Inez Fellows

November 12, 1920 — May 2, 2024


Velma Inez Fellows

Velma Inez Fellows, 103, of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on May 2, 2024, peacefully at her home in Beaumont,, Texas. 


Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont, Texas. 


Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, Beaumont, Texas.


Born in Beaumont, Texas, on November 12, 1920, she was the daughter of John H. Hatley and Jewel Richmond.  Velma went to Millard Elementary, Dick Dowling Junior High and South Park High School and graduated in 1937 at the age of 16.  She worked for Jefferson Amusement Company and was a cashier at Peoples, Rio & Jefferson Theatre.  Velma then married her husband Clarence Herbert Dowell on May 23, 1941 and had 3 children Glenn Hatley Dowell born March 25, 1946, Linda Laurine Dowell born June 20, 1948 and Mark Glenn Dowell born July 24, 1967.  Velma and Herbert owned and operated Dowell’s Early American Shop and Dowell’s Home Furnishings.  Velma attended Lamar University and received her Bacholor of Science degree (Home & Economics) and graduated in 1977.  She worked in Real Estate for 15 years with DuPerier Real Estate and American Real Estate.  After retiring from real estate Velma worked for H & R Block doing tax returns for 10 years.  She spend many hours volunteering at Summer Place calling Bingo 4 times a week.  During this time Velma met and married Carl Fellows on August 13, 1988.  She was very devoted member of First Baptist Church.  During her free time she enjoyed entertaining, cooking, traveling, dancing and fishing.  


She is preceded in death by her father John H. Hatley, mother Jewell Richmond Hatley, Husbands Herbert Dowell and Carl Fellows, son Glenn Hatley Dowell and daughter Linda Laurine Dowell.


She is survived by her son Mark Dowell, two Grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

Honorary pallbearer is Tony Patrilla.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home

1155 N 11th St, Beaumont, TX 77702

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery

4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, TX 77703

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