Celebrating the life of Wartena Crowder Somerville
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Wartena was born December 22, 1982 to Warren G. Crowder and the late Deborah Harper Crowder in Halifax County, Virginia. Growing up her family had very close ties and lived in rural Mecklenburg County. At an early age she accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the Concord Baptist Church in Chase City, Virginia. She was very active allowing the Lord to use her freely singing in the Junior Choir, serving as Junior Sunday School Teacher, Youth Director, Vacation Bible Teacher, Chair for the Women and Girls Prayer Breakfast and helping in many other capacities.
Her educational journey reflects a thirst for knowledge and preparation for teaching. On June 17, 2000 she graduated from Bluestone Senior High School. After graduation in the years that followed, she received her Associate Degree from Southside Virginia Community College, Bachelor’s Degree from Longwood University and Master’s Degree from University of Phoenix.
Wartena’s professional teaching career path started in 2007 at Victoria Elementary School in Lunenburg County and transitioned several years later into Nottoway County at Crewe Primary School. She was thankful to God for blessing her with a teaching career that aligned with love and sharing her talents with children.
On July 9, 2016, she married Michael Somerville which was a dream come true as their marriage radiated with love and so much happiness. To this union they were blessed with a precious baby girl, Stephanie Harper Somerville. Wartena moved her membership to Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone, Virginia where they worshipped as one happy family united in Christ.
Deaconess Wartena Crowder Somerville was a kind, loving, and sweet person who loved the Lord, her family and truly touched the lives of countless people she met. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Deborah Harper Crowder; grandmother, Mary Harper and grandfathers, Albert Harper and Roosevelt Crowder.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a devoted loving husband, Michael Somerville of the home; a precious little daughter, Stephanie Harper Somerville; father, Deacon Warren Crowder and stepmother, Velma H. Crowder of Chase City, VA; two brothers, Delron H. Crowder of Miami, Fla, Quincy O. Hayes (Shanice) of Ruther Glen, VA; grandmother, Easter S. Crowder; three uncles, Horace Crowder (Janet) of Barnesville, MN, Freddie Crowder (Nicole) of Stafford, VA, and Thomas B. Harper (Tara) of Hurdle Mills, NC: one aunt, Rev. Patricia C. Barnette of Kenbridge, VA; three uncles, John Oliver (Margaret), William Oliver and George Oliver all of New Jersey; godparents, Robert and Janice Barnette of Mechanicsville, VA; devoted father-in-law, Ronald Bagley (Sandi) of Boston, Mass; two brother-in-laws, Aaron Somerville (Ruth) and Charles Somerville of Blackstone, VA; one sister-in-law, Michelle Somerville of Blackstone, VA; lifelong friends, Ruby B. Ingram, Tania Walker, Charity Freeman, Gail Wilson, Malesha Hines, Matesha Jones and Jacqueline Barnette; and a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral Services Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Nottoway Middle School Auditorium 5279 Old Nottoway Rd., Crewe, VA 23930. Interment Concord Baptist Church Cemetery, Chase City, VA.
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