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Lula Evelyn “Evelene” Tyree Arthur, 73, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Lynchburg General Hospital with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Cecil William Arthur.
Born on Jan. 29, 1941, in Nelson County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Fitch Tyree and Mary Frances Olivia Tyree.
Evelene was affectionately known by her daughter as “Sweet Momma.” She was a woman who loved to take care of people. She was a CNA for many years and this passion was seen by all who knew her. Evelene enjoyed being outdoors, taking care of her gardens and plants. She had a green thumb and could grow anything. She also enjoyed the beach, painting, and being a little handyman. Her greatest joy was caring for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dog, Chloe.
She attended New Beginning Tabernacle Church. Evelene had a strong faith and a strong love for God, which was instilled in her children. She always showed thanks to God for all her blessings. She believed, till the end, that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord, and her family witnessed this transition on Friday.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Cecil Glenn Arthur; a great-grandson, Dylane Bryant; five brothers; and five sisters.
Left to cherish her wonderful memories are her daughter, Catherine Arthur Brown and her husband Charles of Madison Heights; her son, William W. Arthur and his wife Tracey of Glasgow; her grandchildren, Bridget Bryant and her husband Lloyd of Madison Heights, Tabitha Sprouse and her husband Mike of Monroe, Heather Arthur of Madison Heights, Megan Arthur of Glasgow, Bayli Brown of Madison Heights, Logan Arthur of Glasgow, Ramsi Brown of Madison Heights, and Cecil Orion Arthur of Halifax; her 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Nettie Davis of Lynchburg, Mary Pleasants of Madison Heights, and Ethel Wooldridge of Lynchburg; her brothers, Jessie Tyree and William Tyree, both of Amherst; one true friend, Grace Thompson; a special daughter-in-law, Luanne Mayhugh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Khoury for his kindness and love during “Sweet Momma’s” illness.
The family will receive friends on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 at Whitten Monelison Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 1 pm at Whitten Monelison Chapel with Pastor Gary Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.
Evelene’s favorite color was pink and the family would like to encourage everyone attending to wear pink to show your support and love for Evelene.
For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family would like you to consider New Beginning Tabernacle Church, 1886 S. Coolwell Rd, Madison Heights, VA 24572.