Nellie “Nell” Compton Lovell, 93, of Martinsville, VA passed away on Monday, January 24, 2022, at her residence. She was born on September 14, 1928, to the late Sally Wall Compton and William Riley Compton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Walter Lovell, Jr.; her brothers, James William Compton, and Henry Clay Compton; and her sisters, Mamie C. Wilson, Mattie C. Davis, Frances C. Moore, and Vergie C. Herndon. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was the heart of her neighborhood. For any event, or if you needed a lending hand, she was there. Although she didn’t have children of her own, many considered her their mother, grandmother, aunt, or trusted friend. Nell was always giving and enjoyed taking care of others.
Mrs. Lovell was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher, Treasurer of Church, and Sunday School Superintendent. She was also a Member of the Finance Committee, Church Council, Trustees Committee, Member of the Cora Lee Bible Class, and Adult Choir at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Nell was President of the Young at Heart Senior Group since 1988, Former volunteer for CONTACT Helpline, member of the TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Lawpersons Together), Former Volunteer at Memorial Hospital Martinsville/Henry County, Member of the J.B. Singers, and was voted ‘Outstanding citizen of the Year’ 2005 by the Martinsville Police Department. She was employed by Pannill Knitting Company for five years, Globman’s Department Store for five years and Lee Telephone Company- Centel for thirty-two years.
The family would like to thank Nellie’s caregivers over this past year for their love and care.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Gearheart officiating. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Roselawn Burial Park.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, US-58, Martinsville, VA 24112 or to the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Norris Funeral Services in Martinsville is serving the Lovell family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.