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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You will be forever missed Mrs. Ellis Henry! I’m so glad I got to know you throughout the years that I grew up in the Wallace United Methodist Church! I always enjoyed seeing your beautiful smile and voice when I came to church! May you rest in peace!
Submitted by Freeman Jefferson Marshburn II on Jun 5 2018 08:05:22 PM
Miss Ellis was sweet lady,She was my balloon customer for years and we always talk about her sweet family and her being a strawberry festival queen,She is always cheerfull and full of life, My condolences to her family and she will greatly missed and remembered , i feel very sorry for your lost ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,respectfully yours Elleine Clay ( Phil-Am Boutique and Balloons
Submitted by elleine clay on Jun 5 2018 07:48:04 PM
Carol and family. We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Ellis Henry. It was always uplifting to be around her. Truly a fine lady who will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Submitted by Jane and Charlie Marshburn on Jun 5 2018 06:47:34 PM
Kaye and family, my sincere condolences to you during this difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kaye, I'm so thankful you were able to spend the additional time with your mom and make memories that will be with you forever.
Submitted by Cindy Cayton on Jun 5 2018 04:30:05 PM
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Cindy Cayton lit a candle on Jun 5 2018 04:29:37 PM
Uncle Nort, Kaye, and Carol, I am so sorry. I have so many wonderful memories of your mother and I can hear that wonderful laugh right now.She truly made our Williams reunions so wonderful and what a great host. Treasure all the memories of a remarkable lady. She will be misssed. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs, Candace
Submitted by Candace Pease on Jun 5 2018 04:23:40 PM
so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Submitted by Cherlyn Smith on Jun 5 2018 04:02:16 PM
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I am so sorry for you loss. You are all in my prayers
Submitted by Susan Ayers on Jun 5 2018 01:40:23 PM
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