Avonne Short Scott was born on Aug. 21, 1935 in Alberta, Va., the only child to the late William Allen Short and Charlotte Graves Short. She attended elementary school in Brunswick County and graduated from Peabody High School, Petersburg, Va., in 1952. She later attended Virginia State University and matriculated to the St. Philip School of Nursing (now VCU), where she graduated in 1957.
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Avonne was employed as a registered nurse for 40 years by the State of Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse in Petersburg. She ended her successful and prolific career as a health care professional in 1996. In 1984, Avonne became a charter member of the ETA ETA Chapter of CHI ETA PHI Sorority Inc. This is a national professional nursing sorority and a charter member of Zeta Beta undergraduate Chapter, Richmond, Va., since 1957.
Luther Thomas Scott married Avonne in 1965 and to this marriage two sons were born, Luther T. Scott Jr. and William Herbert Scott, who has preceded her in death.
Having been raised with deep spiritual roots, Avonne confessed Christ at an early age at Little Zion Reformed Zion Union Apostolic (RZUA) Church in Alberta. Upon moving to Petersburg, she joined the Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church. In 1981, she along with her husband and mother, Charlotte G. Murchison, became founding members of the Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church, where her membership continued until her death. She served in many capacities, including member of the trustees, church clerk, president of the Missionary Society, Lay Council and Steward Board. She also held district offices, and for 15 years, she served as the chairman of Life Members, member and
secretary of Dinwiddie Institute Board of Trustees. She also served as treasurer of Downtown Churches United Inc.
Avonne's civic affiliations extended to her special interest in the elimination of homelessness, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and meeting other humanitarian needs of the oppressed. After many years of service to CARES Inc., she retired on May 31, 2011. Upon being diagnosed with breast cancer, Avonne was propelled into her personal campaign of awareness, victim advocacy and prevention. She was involved in numerous support groups and events that brought attention to the cause and care of those impacted by the disease that has claimed so many lives.
Avonne leaves to rejoice in her life and memory: her son, Luther T. Scott Jr. and his wife, Annie L. Scott; stepdaughter, Jean S. Price (William); aunts, Luezear S. Coleman, Lizzie S. Knight and Gracie Short; an uncle, Eddie L. Short (Gerri); brother-in-law, Vinson Scott (Alma); grandchildren, Jolissa Hicks, Daisha E. Scott, Maleaha L. Brown, Drejon V. Scott, and Anjujuan M. Scott; great-grandchildren, Kaaliyah D. Scott,
Kaniya M. Hicks, and Drejon V. Scott Jr.; devoted cousins, Malissa L. Scott, Margaret, Sonya and Terrica Wilson, Monique Robertson, Gwendolyn Murchison and Daquan Booker; life-long friend and classmate, Gwen Strane; also Shirley Taylor; and a host of other family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2012, at Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church, Petersburg, Va., with the Rev. Audrey G. Jones, officiating. Interment will follow at Dinwiddie Memorial Park, Petersburg, Va. Family and friends are asked to assemble at 12 p.m. at the residence.
Arrangements entrusted to the staff of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home, Petersburg, the Rev. William N. Bland Jr., the Rev. Antonio A. Tucker Sr., Mr. James I. Gay, funeral directors. For more information or condolences, visit www.blandenterprisesinc.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Apr. 4 to Apr. 6, 2013