NEWPORT NEWS - LaVerne P. Yeldell, 89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. She was the youngest of three children born to Mr. and Mrs. James B. Yeldell (Lois), of Newport News, Va.|
Miss Yeldell was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Maurice Y. Brown and Dr. J. Burl Yeldell.
Miss Yeldell received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C. While matriculating at ECSU, she was member of the concert choir. Her post graduate work was completed at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., where she received a Masters of Arts in Education.
Miss Yeldell served on several boards to include Phyllis Wheatley YWCA and her beloved Hampton Roads Boys and Girls Club on Hampton Avenue in Newport News. She served as chaplain and as chairperson of the Annual Membership Drive.
Miss Yeldell was a lifelong and faithful member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Va.
Miss Yeldell leaves to treasure her memory, cousins, Ogletree Godfrey, of Surry, Va., Gladys Gist, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Leroy Howell, Leonard Howell and Doris Smallwood, of Philadelphia, Pa.; three nieces, Patricia Yeldell and Iris Yeldell Stacker, of Greenville, Miss., and Cynthia Yeldell Anderson (James), of Lavergne, Tenn.; one nephew, James Yeldell, of Greenville, Miss.; three godchildren, Cassandra Crawley, of Laurel, Md., Angela Cross, of Washington, D.C., and Virginia Hawkins (Larry), of Newport News, Va.; three dear friends, Katherine Crawley, of Newport News, Va., Delista Cross, of Washington, D.C., and Alma Gravely, of Haymarket, Va.; a devoted caregiver, Crystal Dunn; several devoted friends, Roycee Bland, Walter Chawlk, Jack P. Stokes, Josephine Jones and Lloyd Porter.
The family would like to thank her neighbors, Albea, Carter and Hodge, church family, Dr. Phillip Dennis, RAI Dialysis and Medical Transport.
A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and two hours prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Family and friends are to assemble at her residence by 10 a.m. on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula - Hampton Roads Unit or the Edith Bland Circle of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church.
O. H. Smith & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2012