NEL­LIE H. MCLEOD

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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