The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES -

Dea­coness Nola B. Shands Harvell, af­fec­tion­ately known as “Nola B.,” Aun­tie or just sim­ply “granny,” en­tered into eter­nal rest on Satur­day even­ing, Jan­uary 7, 2017, af­ter a pe­riod of de­clin­ing health due to De­men­tia/ Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

She was a na­tive of Din­wid­die County, Va. (Stony Creek), where she also com­pleted her public school ed­u­ca­tion. She ac­cepted Christ at an early age and joined St. John Bap­tist Church. As she was joined in holy mat­ri­mony to Ti­mothy Harvell (Hilldick) and hav­ing chil­dren, she later moved her mem­ber­ship to Lit­tle Zion Bap­tist Church, Car­son,Va. As a mem­ber of LZBC, for ap­prox­i­mately 60 years, Nola was a faith­ful ser­vant and ac­tively served in sev­eral min­istries, in­clud­ing, youth Sun­day School teacher, youth leader, se­nior choir mem­ber, Mis­sion­ary, Dea­coness, and 30+ years as the church clerk, where she will al­ways be re­mem­bered for her in­fa­mous an­nounce­ment clos­ing, “and gov­ern your­selves ac­cord­ingly.”

Not only did Nola con­nect with so many in church through her var­i­ous min­istries, those same peo­ple rode on her school bus, where she spent over 30 years as a bus driver for Din­wid­die County Public Schools.

She was blessed to have her daugh­ter, grand­daugh­ter, sib­lings, nieces, neph­ews, ex­tended fam­ily and friends with her to cel­e­brate this past Christ­mas.

She is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Wal­ter, Sr. and Mary Lee Shands; hus­band, Ti­mothy Harvell, Sr.; two daugh­ters, Sylvia (Per­cell) Pe­gram and Yvonne Harvell; one son, Ti­mothy Harvell, Jr.; and one brother, Wal­ter Shands, Jr.

She leaves to al­ways cher­ish her me­mories, one daugh­ter, Mil­dred H. Wood­house of Forestville, Md.;. one grand­daugh­ter, Casan­dra (La­mar) Bar­rett of Freeport, NY; four broth­ers, James O. Shands (Mil­dred), Ralph Shands (Vi­ola), Sa­muel Shands (Carolyn) and Thur­man Shands (Loretta), all of Stony Creek, Va.; four sis­ters, Ruth John­son of McKen­ney, Va., Otelia El­lis (John) of Et­trick, Va., Shirley Shands of Stony Creek, Va., and Mary Pe­gram (James) of Peters­burg, Va.; and a host of nieces, neph­ews, cousins and friends.

The fam­ily ac­knowl­edges with sin­cere and deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion all acts of kind­ness, and the many ex­pres­sions of love and sym­pa­thy dur­ing her ill­ness and since her pass­ing.

Spe­cial thanks to Rev. Dr. D. Ty­rone Bran­don and the Lit­tle Zion Bap­tist Church fam­ily; Rev. Dr. Carl Til­gh­man, Sr. and First Lady Dr. Joan Til­gh­man and the New Hope Bap­tist Church of Prince Ge­orge’s County, MD fam­ily; a de­voted niece, Vera Harvell; de­voted adopted daugh­ters, Bar­bara Jones, Joyce Sim­mons and Faye Bland; a life­time friend, Yvonne Myrick; and de­voted spe­cial friend of over 20 years, Ray­mond Wes­son.

May God bless you for your gen­er­ous spirit. You have been an ex­treme source of strength to us dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

A Ser­vice Cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held on Satur­day, Jan­uary 14, 2017, at 12 noon at the Lit­tle Zion Bap­tist Church, Car­son, Va., with the pas­tor, Rev. Dr. D. Ty­rone Bran­don, Sr., eu­lo­giz­ing, and the Rev. Dr. Carl Til­gh­man, of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will com­mence at the Din­wid­die Memo­rial Park. Public view­ing will be held on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, 2017, from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. at the John­son Fu­neral Home, Peters­burg.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are en­trusted to the Joseph M. John­son and Son Fu­neral Home, 530 South Sy­camore Street, Peters­burg, (804) 863-4411.

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