NOLA B.S. HARVELL
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.