Nova Jean England, 86, went to be with the Lord on Tues, June 11, 2019 at 4pm. Surrounded by family, she peacefully passed in her sleep at the home of her daughter in Creedmoor, NC where she had been residing the past several years.
What a Heavenly reunion she is now having being reunited with her husband of 50 years, Gene, whom she remained a devoted wife to till the end of her life, and her loving son, Gary, both of whom had previously passed.
Nova was born on July 24, 1932, in Paint Creek, WV, to the late Virgil and Madeline Dunaway. The eldest of six brothers and six sisters, she was raised in the small coal mining town of Paint Creek till meeting the love of her life in Flatwoods, KY, Gene England, a farmer and C/O Railroad worker.
On Nov. 6, 1948 Gene and Nova entered into Holy Matrimony and created a home on the old England farm in the same house they met on England Lane in Flatwoods. Together they raised three children, Karen, Gary and Janet Leigh who were their greatest joy and pride in life.
A devoted wife and mother, Nova centered her life around her husband and children, who best remember her for her love of family, home and her church, the First Baptist Church in Flatwoods where she was a member for many years. And they will always remember her as being “honest as the day is long.” Nova laid to rest her loving husband, Gene in Sept. 1999 and her son, Gary in Sept. 2013.
Her love of family extended to many friends through the years, and her welcoming nature and southern hospitality was cherished by all who met her. Widely known for her sense of humor, infectious laugh and her southern fried chicken, Nova always had a cake baked, a hot pot of coffee and plenty of home cooked food on hand to greet any visitors
She spent her later years showering the same love and attention she had given to her children onto her grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by the many lives she has touched through the years. Though her passing is a great loss to this earthly world, Heaven has gained a very special angel.
Nova was proceeded in death by her mother and father, Virgil and Madeline Dunaway, her husband, Gene England, her son Gary England; four brothers, Virg Dunaway Jr., Ronald Dunaway, John Dunaway, infant Russell Gene Dunaway; and three sisters Janet Faye Paul, Mary Ellen Fizer and Phyllis Qualls.
She is survived by two brothers Troy Dunaway (Kim) of Hurricane WV, William (Mobe) Dunaway (Joan) of Charleston, WV; three sisters Maxine Harmon of Hurricane WV, Joann Watts of Virginia Beach, VA and Helen Plymale (Roger) of Teays Valley WV; two daughters Karen Conley (Dave), and Janet Leigh Hall (Gregory) both of Creedmoor, NC; one grandson, Sean Conley (Shannon) of Creedmoor, NC; two step grandsons, Arthur Hall (Kay) of Leesburg, FL and Zechariah Hall (Nikki) of Bridgeton, NJ; two granddaughters, Stacey England Davis, Erin England Smith (Mitch) and their mother Diane England Dechant all of Flatwoods, KY and one step granddaughter, Shaila Lentz of Newark, OH; eleven great grandchildren, Patrick, Aaron and Shelby Conley, Lilly Collins and Carson Davis, Greyson Smith, Alexander and Adrianna Hall, and Nolan, Nova and Norah Hall, along with many nephews and nieces, extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods with First Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Johnny Riley and Senior Deacon, Brother David Daniels officiating. Nova will be laid to rest beside her husband Gene at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens
Visitation will be from Noon to service time, Sunday at the Funeral Home.
A family dinner will be hosted at the First Baptist Church in Flatwoods following the burial.
Flowers may be sent to Carman Funeral Home and condolences left at carmanfuneral.com.