Nettie Mae Harris, 96, passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Isle of Wight County, VA on January 5, 1917, she was the daughter of the late John Bracklen Butler and Eula Mae Johnson Butler. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren, working hard during the Great Depression to make sure they were provided for. She worked as a seamstress, making canvas tents, awnings and boat canvases for the Virginia Tent Company and Hogshire Company. For as many years as she could, she attended Calvary Assembly of God on Providence Road. She loved her Lord, and when she couldn’t attend church personally, loved watching several television evangelists.
She is survived by two sons, Eddie Rudolph Bailey and Hassell J. Harris, Jr. and his wife, Jackie; a son-in-law, Paul Morioni; four granddaughters, Nora Jeane Holm and her husband, Burton, Veronica Renee Morioni, Kellie Harris Hopkins and her husband, Joshua, and Karen Harris Marslender and her husband, Danny; two grandsons, Kenneth Wayne Morioni and his wife, Vicki, and Clay Harris and his wife, Jennifer; ten great-granddaughters, Kristi M. Hammond, Morgan Hopkins, Katie Hopkins, Annie Harris, Rene Morioni, Ashley Vaillancourt, Melissa Burgess, Sidney Marslender Madison Marslender and Averi Marslender; seven great-grandsons, Matthew B. Holm, Harrison Hopkins, Paul Morioni, Blake Leonard, Tyler Harris, Harrison Hopkins, and Eli Harris; two great-great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Annabelle Hammond; three great-great-grandsons, Tyrell Mitchell, and Brandon, and Cory Pinkney; a special niece, Virginia “Big Sissy” Blamire; an “adopted” grandson, “John-Boy” Recine; and numerous other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Nettie Mae is predeceased by a daughter, Nettie Mae Morioni; two sons, Maurice Eugene Bailey and Ernest Ray Bailey; five sisters, Eunice, Virginia, Lottie, Julia, and Mattie Butler; and five brothers, Crawley, Johnny, Marcus, Harry, and LeRoy Butler.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 10 a.m. at Rosewood Memorial Park. Friends are welcome to join the family after the service at her home. The family suggests donations in Nettie’s memory to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project because so many of her family members have served in our armed forces.
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Grandma,your still my little ole nanny from passadina! I love you so so much, I keep a place in my heart, and a piece of you with me always. Your with my mama now and know that it brings you some peace!! You will be, both will be always missed by me. Thank-you for so many fond memories, and for putting up with me, showing me so much love and strength; thankyou for being my little nanny!! I love you grandmama!!!!e
My thoughts and prayers to your family from my Mother and I.
I find comfort in knowing you are with your Lord and loved ones and not hurting anymore. My life was blessed with unconditional love when your son came back into my life and brought you with him. You always knew how to make me smile. I will miss you dearly. I love you!
Grandma, I have been so Blessed to have had you in my life. You have been more like a mother to me, and you will be missed dearly. I have never seen a more caring, thoughtful, and humble woman, who loved so deeply, and passionatly her children and grandchildren. You have been a mother and friend to many. Worked hard and saved 4 cents out of every nickle you earned, so that you could provide for your children. Generous, Kind, and loving, there is no other. You did so much for me, and I am truely greatful. I pray that with God’s grace I will see you again. I love you Grandma! XOXO
i am finding myself lost for words.but just would like to say it has been a pleasure to get to know such a big and wounderfull family,i enjoyed going to grandmoms house every chance i could with my wife to be veronica,the joy that you brought her was priceless,your daughter would allways say “v” you better keep this one,and you always said i was a nice fella thanks for seeing the best in me,and showing me the greatest love and kindness to me and my family,you will be dearly missed but never forgotten
Dearest Nettie,When I looked at your picture my first thought was “oh my goodness,that is the spitting image of Veronica.” how very beautiful you were in those days and right up until you went to be with Jesus and your children.You were so blessed to have had such a long and sweet life. doubly blessed in having so much love surrounding you. I will remember you always and be thankful my son brought you into our lives by forming a friendship with Veronica.May God continue to bless your family with love. xoxoxo-
May you now be eternally blessed with those you love and find love and peace.
love you and miss you,
Dee and Ed (Big Sissie’s daughter/son-in-law- GA
Nora – I only got to meet your Grandma briefly but I have heard so many stories about what a wonderful person she was. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers! Love you Sis, Gwen
You were there with my Mom
(your sister)80 years ago when
I was born, I had two Mothers
to love me. I will miss calling you everyday & hearing your voice. The Love and memories you have left behind
is priceless. Now it’s time to
reap the rewards. Time will ease the hurt I feel, but my Love for you will be forever.
How glorious to be with family
again that went before you.
Keep the gate open for me.
LOVE IS ETERNAL
You were one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.You will forever be in my heart. Me, Tyrell, Brandon, and Cory will all miss you. We love and cherish all the memories we have of you.
Nanny, you were the strongest and sweetest woman anyone could ever be so privileged to have met. It is impossible to forget a woman who had such a big impact on every life she touched. You raised four amazing children who all grew up to be amazing adults and raise amazing children of their own. You leave behind a legacy of love and some size 6 shoes that no one will ever be able to fill. You truly were an angel and I will NEVER forget the wisdom you shared with me over the years and I will ALWAYS cherish every moment I spent with you. You’re love will stay with all of us forever. Give grandma a kiss for me. -Love always, Melissa ¦
Little Grandma I will never forget the many life lessons you taught me.Everyone has went home now from saying farewell to you .So I figured I tell you how much you meant to me .Ken would come by and get me we fish all nite on the pier when early morning would come your light would come on and we knew we could trade fish for one of your awsome breakfasts .then you moved into your new house you needed a small repair to be done so Igladly came to help you offered me money but no way could take it then you asked me in your sweet voice Johnboy do you think Im crazy 80 years old and building a house and I said Grandma you worked all your life you deserve it and you made it not only a house but a wonderful home you enjoyed your house and and so did everyone who visited you made everyone feel so welcome.When my Grandma died in 2000 when Igot back in town you told me how sorry to hear of her passing and then told me Ill be your Grandma that meant so much to me you said you always thought of me as one of your grandkids i think we both already knew that and Ithank you for that.I held back the tears as much as I could as you told me in my dream or vision or whatever its called that you were on your way to Heaven.Im still going to miss you .Love Johnboy and Casey
I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your loved one. It is always hard to loose someone you love so dearly. I do believe that one day we will see them again. It is what keeps me going. Just know you all are in my prayers.
The Bible gives us the wonderful prospect of seeing our loved ones again on a paradise earth. At Psalms 37:9-11 & 29, it gives us the hope of living forever on a paradise earth. It will be a time when Isaiah 33:24 will take place and “no resident will say ‘I am sick.” On this paradise earth, Rev. 21:4 promises us that “death will be no more.” I know this may not relieve your deep grief at this time, but please take faith in God’s promises.