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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Jack & Janet Cottle lit a candle on Jun 6 2018 05:10:17 PM
She was an absolutely beautiful lady inside and out!
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Billy Jones lit a candle on Jun 6 2018 03:14:17 PM
My sincere condolences to you all as this shining light in your family has diminished here, but increased in heaven! Kaye, how many fond memories I have of your mother's perpetual smile, her southern grace and true beauty on the inside and out as she supported and encouraged our class of '69! What a blessing she was to all her knew her!
Submitted by Val Lanier Knowles on Jun 6 2018 02:09:18 PM
To the family, I am very glad I had the pleasure of being Mrs. Townsend's nurse for all these years. She gave me great pleasure in hearing her stories and her love for God, music, church, family and friends. I am happy to know she is singing with the angles and has met her Jesus Christ our savior. I will forever be grateful for lessons she taught me! Sending my prayers to all of you Yonnie Beaver
Submitted by Yonnie Beaver on Jun 6 2018 10:51:58 AM
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Laura and Terry Sholar lit a candle on Jun 6 2018 10:26:25 AM
Carol, I have fond memories of visiting your home. Your mom was a special lady! My parents have enjoyed meeting with your folks on Sundays at Hardee’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Submitted by julie Scott lane on Jun 6 2018 09:59:00 AM
Carol and Family so sorry to hear about this sweet lady. Rest a sure she is at peace with God and singing in the Heavenly choir. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Submitted by Susan Casteen Wallace on Jun 6 2018 09:14:36 AM
No doubt, Mrs. Ellis Henry is singing with the angels. May each of you find comfort through your happy memories.
Submitted by Paula Pope on Jun 6 2018 08:04:00 AM
My dear Nort, Kaye, Carol and families - We have been so blessed to have had Ellis Henry in our lives. She was a unique cousin who always made our “Grannie Bashie Day” so special! Her love for music in every phrase of her live was a gift to everyone! May you RIP, my dear cousin! 🎶 Clarabath Sheffield & family
Submitted by Clarabath Sheffield on Jun 6 2018 07:26:53 AM
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