The Life and Legacy of a Woman of God
89 Years on the Lord’s Side
Lelia Barksdale Scott, born December 25, 1933, affectionately known as “Lizzie” or “Brown Sugar”, was the youngest daughter of the late June Barksdale and Onie Carr Barksdale. Lelia transitioned from labor to rest on June 16, 2023.
Lelia was preceded in death by her beloved parents; her husband, Deacon Weldon Scott, Jr.; a son, Deacon Leroy Scott; brothers, Edward, Lee, Charlie, Garfield, Robert, and Edgar Barksdale; and sisters, Sally Williams and Lucille Barksdale. Lelia grew up in Prince Edward County. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized and joined New Witt Baptist Church in Farmville, Virginia. She received her formal education at Mission School in Meherrin, Virginia. She married her husband of 38 years, Weldon Scott, Jr., in 1954. They were blessed with five daughters and one son. Lelia was employed by the Prince Edward County Extension Office. She was a foster mom, and worked as a domestic worker for several families. She was forced to retire due to the pandemic in 2020. If not she and the blue bullet would’ve still been speedily travelling.
She served as the mother of the church and was a faithful member under the leadership of the former Pastor, Reverend Winston Bland. Throughout her life, Lelia was an active and dedicated member of her church, serving God and others. She was a Deaconess, served on the Willing Workers, Senior Choir, Door-to-Door Sick and Shut-In Ministry, Food Committee Ministry, the Pastor’s Aid, and sang with the Voices of Faith. In addition, she became a Watchcare member of Forest Baptist Church in Meherrin, Virginia, serving alongside her husband. Together, they worked tirelessly in the church in many capacities. Even after the passing of her husband, she remained faithful to Forest, singing on the Senior Choir and helping with events as needed and as she volunteered. She did not fear death, and she prepared her family by sharing her love of the Lord and her love for us all. Lelia looked forward to walking through eternity with God, her Heavenly Father and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lelia was a very loving and caring woman; she was ALWAYS willing to help wherever needed. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and traveling. She loved the Lord and spending time reading God’s word and listening to the Canton Spirituals. She also enjoyed fellowshipping at other churches, spending time with family, helping plan events, decorating, and beautifying the tables with her pristine white linen “ironed” tablecloths; a lost art that will truly be missed and never forgotten.
Lelia’s love, legacy, and sweet memories will be remembered by her loving daughters, Inez Scott Meeks (Aldrew Sr.) of Meherrin, VA, Barbara Scott Brooks, Dorothy Scott Winfree (the late Earnest), Wanda Scott Johnson (James Sr.), and Contina Scott (Lonnie Word, Sr.), all of Henrico, VA; one son-in-love, Milton Monk, Sr. (Gail), of Meherrin, VA; one daughter-in-love, Debbie Rux of Meherrin, VA; fourteen grandchildren, Dashannon Meeks Whitehead (Robert, Jr.), Shaquinta Scott, Wesley Brooks, Jr., Warren Brooks, Aldrew Meeks, Jr. (Kokeese), Anika Brooks Murray (Durond), James Johnson, Jr., Sean Scott, Jada Scott, Lonnie Word, Jr., Jasmine Word, Shadiya Word, and Shaniya Word; twenty-two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Annie Mae Scott; special friend, Shirley Dove; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, and close relatives.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lelia B. Scott will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 24, 2023 at the Hertiage Baptist Church, Farmville, VA. Mrs. Scott remains will leave the Carl U. Eggleston Funeral Establishment in a White Horse Drawn Hearse on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 12:00 Noon to Hertiage Baptist Church, Farmville, VA. Interment will follow in the Forest Baptist Church Cemetery, Meherrin, VA. Public viewing will begin on Friday, June 23, 2023 from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. in the Minor B. Eggleston Chapel.
***The Scott family ask that ALL FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS sent to them, to be please WHITE FLOWERS**
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