Ellis Henry Williams Townsend, age 88 of Wallace, NC, passed away on June 4, 2018. Ellis Henry was born August 27, 1929, to the late Edward Sidney and Gertie Wells Williams. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Trudy Williams Futch. Ellis Henry was best known for her lifelong love of music and began her ministry of music at her home church, Rockfish Presbyterian, when at age 13 accompanied the singing of hymns. After attending Greensboro College and East Carolina Teacher’s College, she married Francis Townsend on September 8, 1950, and joined Wallace Methodist Church where she was the choir director and was dedicated to the music program for more than 60 years. Her love of music was demonstrated through the years with her involvement in church, community, and family activities. “Hennie” as she was fondly called by much of her family was a devoted servant of the Lord, a loving wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother. She dearly loved her family and was proud of its heritage and devoted much time in recording and preserving the family history and hosting many family reunions and gatherings.
Mrs. Townsend is survived by her husband of 67 years, Wilton Francis Townsend; two daughters – Kaye Jackson and husband Andy of Cary, NC, and Carol McGinnis and husband Steve of Rocky Point, NC; four grandchildren - Kelly Hunter and husband Todd of Beulaville, Heath Carter of Sacramento, CA; Jonathan Jackson and Nicholas Jackson of Cary; and one great-grandchild - Jackson Hunter of Beulaville.
A visitation will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM followed by a service celebrating her life at 11:00 AM at Wallace United Methodist Church, 303 South College St in Wallace NC and burial in Rockfish Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Wallace United Methodist Church.
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I just learned this morning of Ellis Henry's passing. I would have come to the service if I had known earlier. She was so precious to me. She bought music, spent time teaching it to me and allowed me to sing from the time I was twelve years old. She laid a foundation in me that will last until I die. She meant more to me than I can even say. Bless her, and bless her family. I love you!
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Our sympathy to the Townsend family. I had the pleasure of singing in the Wallace UMC choir under Ellis Henry’s direction both times we lived in Wallace/Teachey area. She will will leave a big musical void in the Wallace area.
Submitted by Ron & Mary Forbis on Jun 8 2018 07:56:56 PM
We have lost one of the most gracious and beautiful of ‘songbirds’ here on earth. Most assureadly she is now singing with the angels! Thinking of the entire Townsend/Williams family during this time. She will be missed.
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Mrs. Ellis Henry was truly one of the most gracious and classy ladies I've ever known. My condolences.
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