Ernestine Terrell
1934 - 2021
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A celebration of life for Mrs. Ernestine Robinson Terrell, 87, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Jacobs Chapel CME Church, Talladega with Elder Jerrell C. Hicks delivering the eulogy. Mrs. Terrell will lie in state at the church one prior to the service. She will be entombed at Pine Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at Terry's Mortuary on Friday, June 11, 2021, from 1pm-8 pm and the family will be receiving friends from 6 pm-8 pm. Ernestine Robinson Terrell was born in Camden, Alabama in Wilcox County on May 10, 1934, to Nathaniel Robinson Sr. and Amanda Thompson Robinson. A son came soon after and the family moved to Mobile, Alabama to pursue better educational and economic opportunities. Ernestine attended private school at the family Immaculata School for Early Childhood Education. She was an outstanding basketball player during this time, which was a fact not known to many people. She transferred to Westfield High School for one year as a senior when the family moved to Birmingham, AL. There she met Herman L. Terrell whom would be her husband. Their union was blessed with a foster son, Elisha, and two daughters, Hellenna and Lestrita. She later welcomed a granddaughter, Amanda, who was the light of her life especially since Amanda was named after Ernestine's mother. Ernestine went on to attend and graduate from Alabama State University completing a degree in education. During her time in college, she was extremely popular and was elected Miss Freshman, Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior and Miss Senior. She was also for short time a model. She never stopped pursuing her education. Ernestine would later in the 1970s receive her master's degree in special education from the University of Tennessee. Ernestine went on to work in the area of education and special education, having taught at the Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind for over 30 years. She touched many young lives there. She was a wonderful co-worker and enjoyed her teaching career. Community service was an integral part of Ernestine's life. She served on the boards of the Girl Scouts of America and the board of the Talladega City Library helping to fund and build a new library for the children of the city of Talladega. She worked with local pastors on the Black History Month programs and Head Start programs. She served at Jacobs Chapel CME Church as the director of the Christian Youth Fellowship, on the Board of Christian Education, Vacation Bible School, Missionary Society and Stewardess Board #1. She assisted with the development of the church's prayer room as well. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. serving as chapter president, regional workgroup leader and charter member of the Talladega Alumnae Chapter. She received an award from the sorority for outstanding service and her status as a founding member. Ernestine is survived by her two daughters, Lestrita (Donald-deceased) and Hellenna; granddaughter, Amanda; daughter-in-law, Genese; cousins (like brothers and sisters); and a host of relatives, students and dear friends. Her life reflects the words of the song "May the work I've done speak for me." Visit for online obituary and condolences. Terry's Metropolitan Mortuary will direct the services.

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Published in The Birmingham News from Jun. 9 to Jun. 11, 2021.
06:00 - 08:00 PM
Lying in State
Jacobs Chapel CME Church
Celebration of Life
11:00 AM
Jacobs Chapel CME Church
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June 10, 2021
Soror Terrell left many great memories and accomplishments, I pray that her accomplishments and sweet memories will comfort you during your times is despair.
Rest in Peace Soror Terrell
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