Louise Speight Elks died on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Pinewood Memorial Park.
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Born on Dec. 24, 1925, she was the oldest of nine children born to the late J.A. and Alice Moore Speight. Louise was a native and lifelong resident of Greenville. She married the love of her life, H.V. Elks, 11 days before he was sent overseas to serve in WWII. She remained deeply devoted to him for the 69 years they were married.
Louise worked with her father and brother at the Greenville Stockyards for a number of years before becoming a full-time homemaker. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church as well as a charter and board member of the Lynndale Garden Club where she was an active participant for 34 years. In addition to gardening, she took great pleasure in playing bridge, cooking, and, in traveling with her husband to a number of countries. Family was of the utmost importance to her – whether it was the one into which she was born, into which she married, or which she created. She lovingly and joyfully fulfilled her roles as daughter, wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law and especially as grandmother.
In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her brother, Donald "Tonkey" Speight.
She is survived by her husband, H.V. Elks; a daughter, Wandra Mackie and husband, George, of Kiawah Island, S.C.; granddaughter, Jordan Mackie Whitesides and husband, Wyman, of Charlotte; and grandson, Mac Mackie and wife, Parker of Lexington, Va. In addition, surviving are three brothers, A.J. Speight and wife, Christine, of Greenville, Lt. Col. (Ret) James E. Speight and wife, Joan, and Charlie Ray Speight and wife, Kathy, of Greenville; four sisters, Virginia Williams and husband, J.T., Hilda Jones, Estelle Carraway and husband, Gilbert, JoAnne Speight; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is very grateful for the support of relatives, neighbors, and friends and especially for the compassionate and loving care of cherished friend, Nancy Harrington.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 1101 S. Elm St., Greenville, NC 27858.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Oct. 25, 2013