Fannie Louise Sutton Ellis passed away in the evening hours of June 1, 2009 at Rich Square Health Care Center, Rich Square, NC.
Louise was born March 25, 1917, the eldest of six children of William McKinley Sutton and Ollie Jones Sutton in Macon County, North Carolina, her beloved Appalachian home. On March 25, 1934, she married Herman Bryan Ellis, who was reared on the southeastern coast of North Carolina.
Louise devoted her entire adult life to the care of her family. After living in the mountains of North Carolina, in Tennessee, and in South Carolina, she and Herman eventually settled in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, where they raised six children.
In addition to both parents and all five siblings, she was predeceased by her husband, Herman; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue E. Boykin and Felton Boykin; a son, William Bryan Ellis; a granddaughter, Deborah H. DeBenedictus; and a great-grandson, Derrick Wright Ellis.
She is survived by two daughters and two sons who are Anna Ruth E. Wood and husband, Don, of Holland, VA, Linda E. Vann and husband, Albert, of Conway, NC, Dani Ellis and wife, Pat, of Franklin, VA, and Gerald Ellis and wife, Mary Jo, of Murfreesboro, NC. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Carol B. Ellis of Sedley, VA. In addition, she is survived by fifteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives who were always close in heart.
To honor her wishes, a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Conway, NC with the Rev. David Ross presiding.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church, 2152 Ashley’s Grove Road, Conway, NC.
Bridgers Funeral Home, Conway, is handling the arrangements.