Nellie Epps slipped quietly and peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father early Saturday morning, May 11, 2019 at Norfolk Healthcare in Norfolk, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 57 years, James Epps; mother and father, Henry B. Alford and Mozell Alford; brother, James W. Alford (Catherine Alford) two sisters,
Fannie Mae Smith and Annie Beulah McCormick.
Nellie was a longtime member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA. Nellie was born August 1, 1935 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. She received her education in
South Carolina as well. She was a devoted and dedicated wife and mother to her four children. She retired from DePaul Hospital Dietary Department with 30 years of service. She was gifted with many talents. Nellie leaves to cherish her memory, her four devoted children, one daughter, Ivory Epps and three sons, James Lee Bethea (Dorothy), Marion Bethea (Janice Bethea) and very special friend, Iris Byrd and Alexander Bethea Marvalene); seven grandchildren, Wynika, Alexander (Boo), Shante, McLean (Moon) Bernard, Nicole and Dana; great grandchildren, Exaviah, Christasha, Jalen, Makyla, Alexander (Lil’Bo), Devin, Thomas, Jadis, Jaysara and Carmello; two sisters, Ida Mae Johnson of Bennettsville, South Carolina and Hattie Bostic of Bennettsville, South Carolina; two brothers, Willie B. Alfred and Frank, Jr. both of Bennettsville, South Carolina; three sisters-in-law, Mary McCallum, Maggie Pugh and Rosa Stanton (Keith) of Lumberton, North Carolina and a host of other relatives and friends.