Blondell P. Ellington
Blondell P. Ellington died peacefully at home Saturday, March 10, 2012, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Marcus Methodist Church. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Briggs-Candor Funeral Home.
Blondell was born August 25, 1927, the daughter of the late Marvin and Bertha Poole, of Jackson Springs. After graduating from West End High School in 1944, she worked at Meyers department store in Greensboro. While visiting her parents in Jackson Springs, she met and later married Budd Ellington.
Budd went on to become a Methodist minister after graduating from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Blondell was by his side playing the piano for church services as needed, the secretary who typed sermons and church bulletins, ministering to the parishioners, and raising their three children. They served in the Western North Carolina Methodist Conference for 30 years and moved frequently throughout Budd’s tenure as a minister.
Upon retirement, Budd and Blondell returned to Jackson Springs and lived in the house Blondell grew up in, taking care of her mother, Bertha, until her death in 1995.
Blondell was preceded in death by her husband, Budd Ellington Jr.; her oldest son, Budd M. (Mac) Ellington; and two sisters, Betty G. Dickerson and Doris G. Vickery.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy R. Ellington, of Jackson Springs, son Mark Ellington and wife, Brenda, of Lincolnton; daughter-in-law, Nancy D. Ellington, of Brevard; granddaughters, Rebecca E. Heatherly and husband, Chad, of Hendersonville, and Amy E. Hertz and husband, Steve, of Brevard; grandsons, Bradley Beamer and Mark Beamer and wife, Rebecca, of Lincolnton; three great-grandchildren; five nieces; one nephew; and many, many loving cousins.
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