Naaman Lou Ollie Vercher was born on June 1, 1927 in Greenwood, Mississippi to James and Nola Anderson. She was the ninth child born to this God loving family. In 1933, the family of 14 migrated to Los Angeles, California.
In 1945, Naaman graduated from David Star Jordan High School in Watts, California. In that same year she married Alonzo Day. From this union Yvette, Diana and Jacqueline were born.
In 1949, Naaman married Dewitt Vercher, Sr. Their family grew with the births of Gwendolyn and DeWitt Jr. As a new mother, Naaman worked at a sewing factory and American Pipe. In the 1950s, Naaman and her husband Dewitt started their first entrepreneurial venture with a small hamburger stand. The success of this venture allowed them to parlay their resources to purchase a Mobil gas station and other real estate investments.
Eventually, the hard working couple owned three liquor stores, the most popular named, Vercher’s Liquor, situated on the corner of Central Ave. and 120th in Los Angeles. Vercher’s Liquor expanded to Vercher’s Center, adding a meat market, restaurant, convenience store, and cleaners.
Naaman and Dewitt’s business prowess allowed them to both retire at the ages of 47 and 49 respectively. On a piece of undeveloped land in Riverside, Ca, the couple developed The Lazy V Ranch. Their retirement home was outfitted with 2 lakes, a barn, horses, cows, goats, a tennis court and two huge lawns for front and backyard BBQs, parties, and weddings. Over the years, The Vercher’s entertained thousands of people at their welcoming home.
During her retirement, Naaman served on the board of directors for A & R Sports. At Second Baptist Church, she served on the Bread + Bread ministry providing food to the community; she was also a church greeter. She loved entertaining, going to the fitness center and the casino (her second home), and traveling the world with her husband. She was an outdoorsy woman, preferring to fish, camp and “work ” with her neighbor Mallett–as the manager of food distribution to the goats.
Naaman never met a stranger. She had a warm smile for everyone she met. She was a hard worker and a wonderful cook. Naaman was very helpful, managing the catering aspects of every event she attended. She would not sit down until everyone had been served and the kitchen was clean. She would even volunteer her daughters, “My girls will help.”
Naaman was also well known for her dancing and debate skills. She was often the last one on the dance floor and could passionately argue her beliefs like she was going before the Supreme Court.
Naaman loved the Lord and her family fervently. Her greatest hope was for her entire family to get along. Her loving and loyal family is committed to her legacy.
Naaman Vercher departed this earth on May 18, 2011 to join her parents, James and Nola Anderson, her husband, Dewitt Vercher, Sr., her son, Dewitt Vercher, Jr., four sisters and three brothers.
Left to carry on her legacy: 4 daughters, Yvette Coleman of Los Angeles, CA; Diana Kelley and David of Riverside, CA; Jacqueline Burke and Michael of Los Angeles, CA; Gwendolyn Coleman of Inglewood, CA; one daughter-in-law, Vera Vercher of Moreno Valley, CA; Sisters, Sally Moore, Will D. Williams, Odean Bell, and Jessie Sayles.
Grandchildren: Dionne Jackson, Ingrid Sanders, Keisha Coleman, Joi Richardson and Michael, DeWitt Vercher, III and Kathy, LaToya Hankins, Donald Sanders and Angela, Camyra Coleman, DeVonnie (Holly) Vercher, Maisha Sanders, Daveta Kelley, Daval Kelley and Danielle, Nania Walker, Sabrina Burke, Karen Burke, Annette Burke, Carmen Clark, Jonathan Burke and Donnie Burke; 25 Great-grandchildren; 1 Great-great-grandchild; one godson, Placide Vercher; a host of relatives, and a world of friends and admirers.