Bessie Louise (Helton) Ellzey (1928 - 2017)

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Bessie Louise Ellzey, 89, of Chiefland passed away Dec. 29, 2017.
Mrs. Ellzey was born Aug. 10, 1928 to the late Oscar and Maud Helton in Middletown, Ohio, but had lived in the Chiefland area since 1996 after moving here from Plant City. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting, reading, and spending time with her dog, Sumbie.
She is survived by her sons, James Thompson and Timothy (Debbie) Thompson; her daughters, Susan (David) Sanders, Frankie (Donald) Durrance and Sharon Thompson; her brothers, Oscar Helton Jr. and James Helton; her sister, Wanda Heisler; her grandchildren, Jimmy, Kellee, Jessie, Crystal, Michael, Linsey, Leslie, Bobbie, Travis, Taira and Rodney; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and other extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim Frank Thompson; her second husband, William "Bill" Ellzey and a son, Clarence "Clennie" Thompson.
Funeral services were held Dec. 31, 2017 at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chiefland Chapel, with the Rev. Robin Smith Jocelyn officiating. Interment services will be held graveside at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at Springhead Cemetery in Plant City.
Arrangements are under the care of Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Chiefland, Florida, 352-493-0050 and Cross City, Florida, 352-498-5400. Please sign the online guest book at

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Published in Chiefland Citizen on Jan. 4, 2018
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