Terry Ellenburg

Terry Dean Ellenburg

Tuesday, January 20th, 1948 - Thursday, June 11th, 2020
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Terry Dean Ellenburg, 72, of Forest City passed, surrounded by his family Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Dean was born January 20, 1948 in Rutherford County to the late George Andrew Ellenburg and Lillian Ford Ellenburg. He was a graduate of RS Central class of '66 and was of the Baptist faith.
Dean was an Army Veteran and served honorably in Vietnam 1969/1970. Dean retired from Celanese Shelby in 2002 and worked in semi-retirement as a bus driver for Albemarle County Schools in Charlottesville, VA. In 2013, it was time for full retirement and in 2015 he moved back to Rutherford County. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother David Ellenburg.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 49 years, Phyllis Kirby Ellenburg, son Matthew Clay Ellenburg, daughter-in-law Teresa Diaz Ellenburg of Bethesda, MD. Brothers George Harold Ellenburg, wife Mary, Michael Andrew Ellenburg, wife Myra of Rutherfordton, Donald Ray Ellenburg, wife Betty of Forest City. Sisters Joyce Wilson of Midlothian, VA, Donna Kay Edwards, husband Terry of Mill Spring and Evelyn Henrickson, husband Veon of Mount Vernon, OH. Also a wonderful number of aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the Father’s Vineyard Family Life Center, 724 Oakland Road, Spindale, NC 28160 on June 18, 2020 at 10:30 AM. The family requests that guests observe safety measures of physical distancing, wearing masks, and use of hand sanitizer.

Memorial donations are suggested to Dementia Society of America, 181 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, June 18th, 2020 10:30am
    Father's Vineyard Family Life Center
    724 Oakland Road
    SPINDALE, NC 28160
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    The family requests that guests observe safety measures of physical distancing, wearing masks, and use of hand sanitizer.

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Josh & Stephanie Yelton

Posted at 01:59pm
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Brenda Andrews

Posted at 01:06pm
I am sorry to hear about Dean. My prayers are with all of you. I remember when we used to play together when we were small and I came to your grandparents home. That was a lot of fun to me. God Bless Brenda Andrews

Ruth Hils

Posted at 01:46pm
Phyllis, I am so sorry about Dean. I was very surprised to hear. I pray that time will help to heal and that the good memories you shared will help you get through those days. Ruth Hils (Sarah Doster's daughter) from Brookdale.

Regina Bright

Posted at 08:52am
Phyllis & Matt, I was sorry to hear of Dean's Passing! I will never forget him when he lived right behind us in Ruth. He was always such a soft spoken and nice man! My grandma loved having you all for neighbors! I love all of you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!! Love, Shonda Bright aka Regina Condrey

Janice Hines

Posted at 03:50pm
Dean was a very special cousin. He always had a beautiful smile on his face. He served his country by fighting in the Vietnam War as a young man. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace,Dean.

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