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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Louis & Frankie Saunders lit a candle on Jun 7 2018 06:11:32 PM
Dear Nort, Kaye, Carol nd families, I can hear her voice leading us all in song through one of the many many family events where she shared joy through music and stories. I will remember fondly her bright skirts and tops outshined only by her bright personality, her beautiful voice, and her love of family. Love, Camellia, Greg, Jack, Drew Poplarski. (And our puppy Rosie who she was one of the first to meet!)
Submitted by Camellia Poplarski on Jun 7 2018 06:05:10 PM
We are so sorry for your incredible loss. May you all have peace and comfort in the times ahead.
Submitted by Thomas and Ann Smith on Jun 7 2018 01:20:45 AM
Your friends at Stamp Defiance Chapter NSDAR are thinking about you and praying for your family. We know that you are a very loving and close family. We are very close to your extended family also: Marilyn, Helen, Margaret, and Katie.
Jewel Hansen, Chaplain of Stamp Defiance Chapter
Submitted by Jewel Hansen on Jun 6 2018 11:42:21 PM
Our hearts are saddened by this news.......she was a lovely lady and will be missed!
Submitted by Joe And Judy Brennan on Jun 6 2018 09:48:38 PM
I am deeply sorry to hear of Mrs. Townsend’s passing. Sne was such a lady and loving person. I am glad I was able to chat briefly with her at the Rose Hill Restaurant on Mother’s Day weekend! My prayers are with you all!
Submitted by Kathy Brinkley Turner on Jun 6 2018 09:05:34 PM
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Christine and Joe Carr lit a candle on Jun 6 2018 08:53:03 PM
Lewis and I have special memories of "Miss Ellis Henry" directing music and playing for our wedding. Saddened to hear of her passing. She will be missed by many. We 'ray that God's comforting arms will surround the family as they transition to life without her.
Submitted by Lewis and Diana Hodves on Jun 6 2018 08:48:21 PM
A beautiful lady that will be sorely missed.
Submitted by David Sanderson on Jun 6 2018 08:16:23 PM
Carol, I'm so very sorry to learn of your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.
Submitted by Frances Savage Phillips on Jun 6 2018 05:39:51 PM
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