With profound sorrow we note the August 31 death of actress, musician, and chemist Shayla Marie Chavis, 21, of Garner, the younger sister of CVNC intern Kayla Chavis. Shayla was an honors graduate Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and a rising senior in chemistry at North Carolina Central University. She was a scholar and scientist who served as president of the American Chemical Society at NCCU. In her memory, The Shayla Marie Chavis Pay It Forward Scholarship has been established, intended for a rising high school senior majoring in the arts at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School who demonstrates high standards of service, leadership, and character or a student majoring in chemistry at North Carolina Central University.

Survivors include parents Lawrence David Chavis, Jr., and Kela Serrina Nelson Chavis; sisters Desinia Miller (Joseph) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Brianna Chavis (Brandeshia) of Yukon, OK, and Kayla Chavis of Raleigh; paternal grandparents Lawrence David Chavis, Sr., and Dorothy Jean Chavis of Akron, OH; maternal grandmother Helen Williams Nelson of Maumelle, AR; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The funeral was September 5, followed by a dove release ceremony. The tribute wall is here: https://www.stevenlyonsfuneralhome.com/obituary/MsShaylaMarie-Chavis

The family requests that donations be sent to the Shayla Marie Chavis Pay-it-Forward Scholarship Fund at USAA Federal Credit Union, Routing #: 314074269 Account #:0118177028 or via Facebook at this location: https://www.facebook.com/donate/739155733533563/