Mother Norma Lee Shields was born on April 28, 1933, in Chesapeake, Virginia. She transitioned, suddenly, from glory to Glory on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Mother Shields was the fourth oldest of ten children born to the Arnold Household.
Mother Shields was a graduate of Norfolk County High School. In 1951, she was united in marriage to the late Leon Evans, Sr. and from that union one son was born, Leon Evans, Jr. Years later, she was united in marriage to Deacon Cloid T. Shields of Suffolk, Virginia. They were together until his passing,
sharing 44 years of marriage. During the life of Mother Shields, she was blessed to achieve many accomplishments.
A Certification in Nursing Assistant, as well as a Spiritual Life Certificate from Tidewater Bible College in Virginia Beach, Virginia. However, from her perspective her greatest accomplishment in this life was in 1953 when she
accepted Christ as her personal Savior.
Her church affiliation at the time of her salvation was Bibleway Holiness Church in Gilmerton, under the leadership of Elder F. D. Flowers and Bishop William Faison. After serving there for many years, in 1965 she united with her family to start a work and became a founding member of First United Church of Jesus Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Rudolph B. Lewis. In 1978 she became affiliated with Bibleway Churches Worldwide under the leadership of Apostle Huie L. Rogers. It was there that she became a founding member of Tidewater Bibleway Temple, now the Kingdom Cathedral under the pastorate of Apostle Michael J. Rogers Sr. Pastor.
At the time of her passing, she served as the Church Mother. She served faithfully in ministry as the Director of Mission’s Ministry, member of the Shepherd’s Ministry, and a member of the Outreach Ministry.
Mother Norma Lee Shields was predeceased by her late parents, Deacon Willie Lee Arnold and Mother Virginia Copeland Arnold; her son, Pastor Leon Evans, Jr.; her siblings, Willie Edward Arnold, Sr., Oswald Arnold, Pearl E. Arnold Jackson, and Thelma Arnold.
She leaves to mourn; her siblings, Marjorie Arnold Hobbs, Pastor Harold L. Arnold (Dorothy), Lady Maurine Arnold Lewis, Ronald Arnold, Sr. (Tyresia), Elder Samuel Arnold; her grandchildren, Leon Evans, III, Simona D. Evans, and Marcus J. Evans. She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.