Virginia Nelson Shaw, 90, of Greenville, died at her residence in Ridgeland on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at Boone Funeral Home, 905 Main Street in Greenville on Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 pm, followed by a graveside service at Greenfield Cemetery in Glen Allan.
Virginia was born December 31, 1930 at Leota Landing in South Washington County to Elmo Graves Nelson and Monteil Henderson Nelson and lived on Lake Jackson at Chatham. She graduated from Glen Allan High School and attended Delta State University and the University of Mississippi. She married Edward Harris Shaw in 1951 and they made their home in Greenville.
She worked as secretary for Greenville High School, Greenville Christian School, and Dr. Jerry Cunningham. Virginia served as secretary for First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of Christian Homemakers Sunday School Class, served on the Board of Trustees, parish Relations Committee, Administrative Board and United Methodist Women. She was a member of Colonial Garden Club and Belvidere Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Greenville.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Elmo Graves Nelson II, a sister Annabelle Nelson Patton and her husband Lloyd, sister-in-law Carolyn Hobart Nelson, and her husband of 54 years, Edward Harris Shaw who died in 2005.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen Lee Shaw Vernon (Daniel) of Milton, GA; and two sons, Edward Harris Shaw, Jr. (Mary Frances) of Madison, MS and Michael Nelson Shaw (Mary) of Mount Juliet, TN; four grandchildren, Amelia Lee Shaw Willis of Madison, MS, Daniel Alexander Vernon, Nicholas Lee Vernon both of Atlanta, GA and Virginia Rose Shaw of Davenport, FL; two great-grandchildren Jacob Lee Willis and Olivia Lenore Willis of Madison, MS. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Howard Nelson of Chatham and many nieces and nephews. Virginia was lovingly devoted to her family and stayed immensely interested and in touch with their lives up until her death.
The family will receive friends at Boone Funeral Home from 1-2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenville First United Methodist Church.