Obituary: Ella Inez Butler ElliotSep 19th, 2013 | By Admin | Category: Community News, Outdoors
Ella Inez Butler Elliott passed away peacefully on September 13, 2013, at her home in Vero Beach, Florida, where she had resided for 20 years with her husband, Edward Elliott. Inez was born on October 18, 1926, in Madison County. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Butler, who passed away when Inez was five years old; her mother, Alpha Moody Thigpen; her step-father, Andrew Jackson Thigpen; a brother, Charlie Jackson (“C. J.”) Thigpen; and a sister, Ruth Thigpen Kendall. She is survived by a sister, Thelma Butler Norris (Teford) of Miami; her brothers, Clarence Thigpen (Lorene) of Greenville; Henry Thigpen (Betty), of Vero Beach and Eugene Thigpen (Vivian), of Houston; her three children, Gloria Jean Starling Parham (Joe), of Gainesville, Danny Doyle Starling (Teresa), of Blackshear, Ga., and Glenda Jo Starling Wainwright, of Ponte Vedra Beach; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Inez lived in Madison County from the time of her birth until 1943 and again briefly in the late 1940s. Inez attended school in Madison and Greenville and received her high school diploma from Vero Beach High School in 1951. Inez was a frequent visitor to Greenville over the years to see her family and to attend the Thigpen Family Reunion. Inez was a special person who brightened the lives of all around her and made the world that she was a part of a more beautiful and joyous world. Although it will be a little harder for us to see her, she will always be with us. A visitation will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013, at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, Florida from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 21, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1150 41st Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at Crestlawn Cemetery.