"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want ..." Psalm 23

Our hearts were saddened when God in His infinite wisdom summoned our beloved one, Mrs. Bessie Estelle Crenshaw Shorter, affectionately known as "Ms. Estelle", of 128 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, Va. Ms. Estelle made her conversion from her earthly life to eternal rest after completing 87 years of a wonderful life on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her residence.

Ms. Estelle was born on June 29, 1925, to the late Chavis and Bessie Crenshaw in Petersburg, Va. She united in marriage to the late George Shorter.

Mrs. Bessie E. Shorter confessed Christ at an early age and later became a member of Greater Faith Deliverance Temple, under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Robert Jones, Petersburg, Va., until her health declined. She was affectionately known as the "mother of the church" by her church family.

Mrs. Bessie E. Shorter was a kind-hearted person with a loving, quiet demeanor and always had a smile for everyone. She loved reading the holy Bible, and attending church services, visiting with her neighbors and family, going on shopping trips, cooking, watching television, decorating her home, and dress in 'stylish attire'.

She retired as a dedicated domestic worker. She was a dedicated and loving mother and homemaker. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 23.

Bessie E. Shorter was preceded in death by a loving husband, George Shorter; sisters, Roberta Lewis and Jeanette Jefferson; brothers, Calvin Beverly, James Beverly, and Junious Beverly; special friend, Frank Winbush; devoted cousins, Alfredia Story-Seymour and Alfred L. Story Jr., Willie Jackson Sr., James "Snow" Jackson, Ernest Jackson, Johnny Jackson, Lucy B. Rose, Delores Parham, Rosina Jackson, Evelyn Casey, Alfred L. Story, Sr. and Emily M. Jackson.

Bessie E. Shorter leaves to cherish her loving and precious memories: a very "devoted" and "loving" son, Rev. Curtis Crenshaw of Petersburg, Va.; sisters, Mary "Peaches" Lawrence of Richmond, Va., and Nancy White of Yale, Va.; brothers, Herbert Crenshaw of Portsmouth, Va., Wilbert Beverly of Washington, D.C.; brother-in-law, Herbert Lewis of Petersburg, Va.; nieces and nephews, Shelia Lewis, Anthony "Big Moe" Moore, Ronnie White and Corbert Beverly, all of Petersburg, Va.; goddaughters, Linda Parham of Petersburg, Va., and Hope Brown of Waverly, Va.; godson, Clarence Parham of Petersburg, Va.; cousins, very devoted, Otelia S. Harrison (Linwood), Judy R. Blackwell, Gertrude Franklin-Carnegie (Roy), Benjamin Jackson (Lillian), Stafford M. Blackwell (Annette), Shenika Blackwell, William L. Story, Gregory Seymour Jr. Temika Seymour, Soraya Seymour, Eboneé Seymour, and Deborah Howard, all of Petersburg, Va.; Chaplain Sadie Williams (Chaplain W. Williams) of Bronx, N.Y., and B. Michelle McCray of Chapel Hill, N.C., Celestine Taylor of Glen Allen, Va., Dr. Winifred Jackson-Francis (Gary) Clinton, Md., retired Major Willie H. Jackson Jr. (Mary) of Chesterfield, Va.; special friends, Inez Barnes, Hilda Harrell, Earl Harrell, Alice Johnson, Deacon Edward Garrison, Margaret Garrison, Rev. Barbara Hayes and Cynthia Washington, all of Petersburg, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A special heartfelt "thank you" to a devoted caregiver, Lilly Winfield of Petersburg, Va.

A funeral service for Mrs. Bessie E. Shorter will be held 11 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2013, at Greater Faith Deliverance Temple, 507 Harrison St., Petersburg, Va, Bishop Dr. Robert Jones, pastor, eulogist, the Rev. Leroy Rhone and Elder Donald Charles, officiating. The interment to follow at Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery.

Family, friends, honorary and active pallbearers are asked to assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the church.

The family will receive friends at 128 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, Va., and may be contacted by calling her son, the Rev. Curtis Crenshaw, at 804-733-6047.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Shorter at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from Mar. 7 to Mar. 10, 2013