Verna Mae Langley

Published 8:59 pm Monday, July 10, 2023

Verna Mae Langley was born April 14,1936, in Pitt County, NC. She was the daughter of the late William Tatum Sr. and Mary Tatum. She passed away peacefully at home with her loved ones on July 6, 2023. 

Verna Mae was educated in the Pitt County School system. She married the love of her life, David L. Langley on October 18, 1953. Verna Mae was a dedicated and loving wife. Together, they were blessed with five sons. Her love and devotion went far beyond raising her own children, as she opened her heart and a home daycare for children in the Lawton community. Verna Mae was a Certified Child Care Provider for the State of Oklahoma for over 20 years. She provided much needed guidance and unconditional love, leaving a legacy of compassion.

Verna Mae gave her life to Jesus Christ in 1964 and she decided to spend her life spreading the word of God. She participated in outreach ministries, conducting services at nursing and retirement homes. Verna Mae was also a faithful member of 9th and Lee Church of God in Lawton, Oklahoma, where she shared her gift of song in the choir.  She later joined Redemption (formerly Cameron) Church of God, working in the Children’s Church Ministry, singing in the worship service, and serving as a prayer warrior. Throughout her life, Verna Mae loved singing and listening to music. At an early age, while living in North Carolina she along with her sisters, Jean and Blanche formed a singing group called the “Upper Room Choir ” and performed at various local churches. Verna Mae also enjoyed working with ceramics, sewing her own clothes, and watching Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). 

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Throughout her travels as a military wife, she always shared the word of God with everyone she came in contact with, always fervently petitioning God through prayer for their well-being. 

She is predeceased by her loving husband of 69 years, Retired Sergeant Major David Lee Langley; son, David Earl Langley; mother, Mary Tatum; father, William Tatum; sisters, Sirlector Gainer, Pricilla May Smith, and Blanche Hopkins; brothers, Leroy Tatum, Larry Frank Tatum, James Tatum, William Tatum Jr., Thomas Tatum, and Tony Tatum; Grandson Aaron W. Neace.

 Verna Mae is survived by sons, Kevin Langley (Angela), D.L. Langley (Toni), Derrick Langley (Lynn), Greg Langley; sister Jean Elizabeth Moore (Curtis), special goddaughter, Brenda White; daughter-in-law, Kathy Langley; grandchildren, Jeremy, David Sean, Shevonna, Demetrius (Kellynn), Alan, Adriana, Danesha (Collan), Dannielle, Raven (Dennis), Dante, Domanic (Meg), Trey (Brooke), and  Kayleigh; great grandchildren, MeAshja, Montazia, Andrew, Aiden, Asher, Adam; also Briana Stevens, her devoted caregiver of more than four years and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, nurses and caregivers

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, July 17, 2023, at 1 p.m., at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory with Eulogist Kevin Langley (son), and Reverend Lemuel Gilbert  officiating.  A burial will follow at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.  Friends may join the family for a time of visitation Sunday afternoon, July 16, 2023, from 2-3 p.m., at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be made to the Luter Family YMCA. Condolences may be registered online at

We graciously extend our heartfelt thanks for the love and support provided, and prayers given during our time of bereavement.

May God Bless You, Langley Family