HORNER, Mrs. Novella Goode, of Chesterfield County, passed away on July 18, 2021, at the age of 90. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Irvin Goode Horner. She is survived by one son, Irvin G. Horner Jr. "Jack" (Laurie); three daughters, Sharon N. Horner, Mary Lou Roberts (Duane) and Diane H. Harring (Jeremy); and nine grandchildren, Nevin Horner, Fairen Horner and Jackson Horner, Grayson Horner, Jessie Roberts and Raymond Roberts, Landon Harring, Cameron Harring and Owen Harring; and two great-grandchildren, Avery Bookman and Carter Bookman (Nevin).
Novella was born October 27, 1930, daughter of the late Wister Lunsford Goode and Mary Sims Goode. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a lifelong resident of the Skinquarter area of Chesterfield County. She was a 1948 graduate of Manchester High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Longwood College in 1952 after spending two years at [James] Madison College. She was a teacher in Chesterfield County schools.
As a member of Skinquarter Baptist Church since her childhood, Novella was very active in many church activities particularly as the organist and pianist for over 40 years. Novella enjoyed spending time at her home – Homestead, caring for her hummingbirds, attending grandchildren's activities, playing the organ, cooking for family and friends, riding into town and sharing hugs with anyone she met.
We want to express special thanks to her caregivers who have lovingly cared for her over the last few years. They treated her as if she were their own mother and we could not have done without them.
The family will receive friends at Skinquarter Baptist Church, 6900 Moseley Road, Moseley, Virginia, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021 and Friday, July 23, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will be held at Skinquarter Baptist Church, 6900 Moseley Road, Moseley, Virginia, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 23, 2021, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Skinquarter Baptist Church.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch from Jul. 21 to Jul. 22, 2021.