COLERAIN, NC – Lillian Ward Norvelle, age 101, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, in her home.
Mrs. Norvelle was born in Hertford County, a daughter of the late Claudia Powell and Beecher Henry Ward, on March 6, 1911. She was married to the late William Blount Norville, and from this union was born twin girls.
Lillian was the oldest member of Christian Harbor Baptist Church where she remained active until the age of 100. She was active in the Home Demonstration Club for over 50 years, and was a volunteer with the Roanoke Chowan Hospital Auxiliary, working in the gift shop until the age of 90.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jean N. White of Harrellsville, NC, and June N. Merritt of Colerain, NC; her grandchildren, Jo Anne Peele and husband, Mark, of San Antonio, TX; Cynthia O’Berry and husband, Keith of Greensboro, NC, Donald S. Merritt and wife, Lori of Harrellsville, J. Troy Merritt and wife, Toni of Colerain, Nathan White and wife, Dina of Harrellsville, Bill White and wife, Tammy of Colerain, Patrick White of Harrellsville, and Jeanne W. Newman of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by 15 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
A celebration life service will be conducted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie with the Rev. Hugh Mizelle officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to Christian Harbor Baptist Church, P.O. Box 326, Harrellsville, NC, 27942.
We first met Mrs. Lillian about 12 years ago when we visited Christian Harbor Baptist Church. Everyone at church was friendly and made us feel very welcome, but I especially remember Mrs. Lillian coming up to us and talking to us like she had been knowing us for years. She made us feel right at home. We now live in the community & have been blessed to know her. I told Mrs. Lillian a few years back how much her kindness & friendliness meant to us when we were strangers. She was truly a Christian lady who put into practice what Jesus taught…..I WAS A STRANGER AND YE TOOK ME IN.
Sorry to hear of Miss Lillian passing away. I always loved her. She was a wonderful woman. I saw her a few years ago at church.She will be greatly missed.
Ms Lillian you will be in my thoughts and prayers. While we will miss you I believe that you are now reaping your treasures in heaven. God bless you.