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Emily  Reed Ellenberg
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Obituary for Emily Reed Ellenberg

Emily Reed Ellenberg, 67, wife of William G. “Bill” Ellenberg, Jr., died Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Self Regional Medical Center.

Born in Whitmire, February 10, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Guy Charles Reed and Elizabeth King Reed. Emily was a graduate of Greenwood High School and attended Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. She was employed by the Greenwood School District 50 Administration Office for over 29 years and was a member of North Side Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her three children, Suzanne Simons (Dr. Locke Simons); Gray Ellenberg (Fran Setzler), all of Greenwood; Nancy Nickles (John Nickles) of Lexington, SC; eight grandchildren, William and Grant Simons, Graham, Grayson and Thomas Ellenberg and Emily, Grier and Reed Nickles; three sisters, Rebecca Shirey (CH Col. Lou Shirey, Retired), Susan Beacham (Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.), all of Oklahoma City, OK; Donna Soboslai (Peter Soboslai) of Greenwood. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Reed and a sister, Karen Sorrow.

Emily was a vibrant, joyful, loving wife, mother, sister and friend. Her laugh was contagious and her compassion was genuine. She was well-known and loved by her church family and by the Greenwood Community. Most of all, she loved to be called “Emmie” and spending time with her grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at North Side Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Lethco and Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr. officiating.

Private family burial will be in Oakbrook Memorial Park prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Lloyd, Jerry Galloway, Frank Setzler, Brad Knott, Cliff Vicars, Jack Butler, Greg Sorrow and Terry Willard.

Honorary escort will be Will and Grant Simons, Graham, Grayson and Thomas Ellenberg and Tim Ellenberg.

The family is at the home in Ivy Hall and will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 Friday evening.

Memorials may be made to North Side Baptist Church, 409 Northside Drive West, Greenwood, SC 29649.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1425 Montague Avenue
Greenwood, SC 29649





11:00 AM
North Side Baptist Church

409 Northside Dr. W
Greenwood, SC 29649

Cemetery Details


Oakbrook Memorial Park

3007 Highway 25 North
Hodges, SC 29653

Memorial Contribution

North Side Baptist Church

409 Northside Dr. W
Greenwood, SC 29649

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