Ethel Harris Delaney

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Ethel H. Deleney, the eldest daughter of "Papa" Lee T. and Minnie Bell Harris was born on November 30, 1907, in the old house occupied in later years by Aunt Pearl and Alfred Howell on Route 60 across from where her sister Alma Morris and John Morris later raised their family. Horses and buggies rode by the house and open fields.

        "Miss Ethel," or "Miss Rebecca" as she is effectionately called, married Percy Odell Wiley in 1928 and they later moved to St. Nicholas Ave. in New York's Harlem community to work and start a family. Their eldest daughter Ethel Bernice, and their son, William Edward, stormed into the world first. Then, the Wileys moved back to Powhatan, built a home across the road from Papa and Minnie, and Percy Lee was born. In 1971, after Percy Odell passed, she married James W. Delaney and lived in Jetersville until he died and she returned to her beloved Powhatan.

        Ethel leaves behind; her daughter, Bernice; sons, William and Percy; devoted grandchildren, Linda Taylor and caregiver, Iris Taylor, Clifford, William, Jr., Derwin, Sherry, Jennell, Angela, Pat and Carla; her brother, Robert Harris; five sisters, Minnie Clark, Ruth Witter, Alma Morris, Blanche Jones and Eunice Stout. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Calvin, Johnny, Warren and Lawson and a baby sister, Maude. She loved and was loved by many, nieces, nephews, cousins, great-grandchildren and devoted friends.

        Ethel lives on in the memory of all who loved her and tapped into her energy and strength. She was strong, loving, gentle, humble and upbuilding. She was a pillar of her community. Let us honor her memory by standing up in life and helping others, not bowing down.

God will wipe out every tear from their eyes
and death will be no more.

Rev. 21:4


We are eternally grateful to our many family and friends who
have been so kind and thoughtful during our grief and
sorrow. Your prayers, visits, and kind acts have
given us strength and inspiration. May God
continue to richly bless each of you
in a very special ways.

reprinted by permission