NELLIE H. MCLEOD
Nellie Hinderman McLeod, loving wife and mother, was born in Beeville, Texas on November 8, 1926 and passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017.
Nellie was a Civil Rights Activist who was the leader in the movement to integrate Chesterfield County Virginia Public Schools and other public institutions throughout Virginia. She led voter registration drives beginning in the 1960’s and she championed fair and equal treatment of blacks in the criminal justice system and in all other areas of life. Nellie was also an avid supporter of the Democratic Party, often representing the state of Virginia as a delegate at several national conventions. Nellie was a recipient of multiple awards including the NAACP Trailblazer Award and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Grassroots Leadership Award. Nellie was honored by Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly for her heroic activism and her civil rights story was entered into the Library of Congress.
Along with her humanitarian work, Nellie was an excellent and creative cook, gardener and seamstress. As a licensed cosmetologist, Nellie often volunteered at Central State Hospital and at many school related functions. She also worked the polls on election day.
Nellie was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and later she joined First Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Nellie is survived by her loving husband, William (Bill) McLeod, children - Harold Hinderman of Fort Worth, TX, Priscilla McLeod Robinson (Kenneth) of Charleston, SC, Charles L. McLeod (Beatrice) of Glen Allen, VA, Sheila McLeod of Arlington, TX, Yolanda McLeod Hall of Glendale, CA, Kimberli McLeod Rivers (Walter) of Los Angeles, CA - Sister Gayola Hinderman Adams of Chicago, IL and cousins Victor Hinderman (Annie) of Fort Worth,TX and Rev. Joe Webb (Barbara) of San Antonio, TX. She also leaves her twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and friends to mourn her loss. Nellie was preceded in death by her parents, Lovest and Ida Hinderman and son Joseph Hinderman.
Family and Friends will be received 10 a.m.. A Celebration of Life will be conducted by Rev. Sandra James at 11:00 am on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 at First Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 16622 Dumfries Rd., Dumfries, VA 22025. Nellie will be interred at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Rd., Triangle, VA 22172 following the service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted with Ames Funeral Home - 8914 Quarry Rd, Dumfries, VA 20110.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of the organizations that Nellie supported for many years, the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 (www.donate.splcenter. org) in memory of Nellie Hinderman McLeod.