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William Ezzelle

WAXHAW, N.C. -- William Earl Ezzelle, 87, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at his home.

Known to everyone as "Bill", he was born, reared and lived his entire life on the family farm in Marvin. He served his country during WWII in the United States Army Air Force. He retired from Celanese after 33 years and farmed all his life. He enjoyed growing a beautiful garden every year, experimenting with Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, fruit cocktail and kiwi trees. While retired, he worked as a "bagger" at Bi-Lo, where he was affectionately known as "Mr. Bill", with customers and co-workers becoming family to him. He was active in his beloved church, Marvin United Methodist, where he recently received the Laity Service Award from the Western North Carolina Conference. In an age when most move every five years, Mr. Ezzelle's life is an example of "bloom where you are planted". Everyone will miss his big smile, hardy laugh, and that special touch he had when making homemade ice cream for special occasions.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Ingram Ezzelle; four children, Alice White (Roland), Ellen Stover (Tom), Milton Ezzelle (Magdalene) and Richard Ezzelle; three grandchildren, Carly Walton (Peter), Brent Stover and Lauren White; one great-grandson, Thomas Walton; and many loving nieces and nephews. Bill was the last living child of the late F. Clyde and Sara Stephenson Ezzell and was preceded in death by three siblings, Franklin (Vaughn), Burton (Ruth) Ezzell, and Marjorie (Ben) Fincher.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14 at Marvin United Methodist Church, 9914 New Town Road, Marvin, N.C., followed by burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bob Romanello will officiate. Viewing will be at the church Friday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. The family will receive friends during this time in the sanctuary. Memorials may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church or Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region, Dr. Nicholas Grivas, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Alice Lee, Carol Attenhofer and Hospice for their devoted care during the past few months.

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Gordon Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for the Ezzelle family.