Nancy Johnson Ezell (1942 - 2016)

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MAXTON — Nancy Ellen Johnson Ezell, 73, died on March 2, 2016.

Born in Greenwood, South Carolina on Dec. 26, 1942, she was the eldest child of the late William David and Mary Nettie Summer Johnson of Ninety Six, South Carolina. Reared in the midst of a large extended family that traced its roots to some of the earliest German settlers of the Newberry area, she considered her heritage a point of pride. She was a graduate of Ninety Six High School and Winthrop College, where she earned a degree in elementary education; she also enjoyed the distinction of being one of the first women to take classes at the then all-male Clemson University.

A gifted teacher, Mrs. Ezell began her career in education in Anderson, South Carolina and held teaching positions in Charleston, South Carolina, and Statesboro, Georgia. She suspended her teaching career to serve as her husband's right hand during his years as president of Erskine College. Her last teaching position was at Scotland Christian Academy in Laurinburg, where she spent 16 happy years until her retirement in 2015.

Mrs. Ezell, a former member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ninety Six, was a member of Laurinburg Presbyterian Church at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution by descent of John Adam Summer, a German who helped to settle Newberry. She was particularly proud of being the first Daughter to represent him and his patriotic service.

Mrs. Ezell's loving spirit lives on in those who survive her. They include her childhood sweetheart and husband of 53 years, Dr. William Bruce Ezell, Jr.; daughters Nancy Summer Ezell-Suggs (Wilbert Suggs III) of Charleston, Gretchen Edna Ezell Tyson (Robert Tyson) of Southern Pines, and Heather Elizabeth Johnson Ezell McQuaid (Michael McQuaid) of Morganton, son William Bruce Ezell III (Lisa Confora) of Collingswood, New Jersey, sister Elaine Johnson Bedenbaugh (Robert) of Lexington, South Carolina, and brothers David Paul Johnson and William Ned Johnson (Donna) of Ninety Six.

She is also survived by eight beloved and greatly indulged grandchildren: Heather Whistler, Wilbert Suggs, Lux Ezell, Lotus Ezell, Mary Patterson Suggs, Summer Tyson, Nancy Carol McQuaid, and Ella Tyson, three sisters-in-law: JoEtta Ezell Shick (Charles), Penelope Ezell Cannon (Frank), and Kevin Ezell Moore, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ezell will be held on Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 301 Cambridge St., Ninety Six, S.C., at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Valerie Mireb officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the Ninety Six Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Family will receive visitors before the service between 2-3 p.m. in the St. Paul Parlor.

Pallbearers will be Michael James McQuaid, Robert Kemper Tyson, Wilbert Carroll Suggs, III, Wilbert Carroll Suggs, IV, Lux William Ezell, George Robert Bedenbaugh, Jr., Matthew Robert Bishop and Cary Metts Bishop

The body is at Blyth Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Sunday.

A memorial service will also be held at Scotland Christian Academy on March 12, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Mrs. Ezell's memory to Scotland Christian Academy, 10300 McColl Road, Laurinburg, N.C. 28352.

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Blyth Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Ezell family.

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Published in Laurinburg Exchange from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2016