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Nettie Owens Ellerbe was born to William Henry Owens and Annie Lillian Champion Owens on March 7, 1935 and after a short illness, departed on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  She was born in Morven, NC into a large family of thirteen children, where she was third from the oldest.  She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Henry David, James “Jack” and Robert “Pete” Owens, two sisters, Winnie Spencer and Johnsie (John) Kirby. 

She accepted Christ as a young child and was raised in the admonition of the Lord by her parents.  As a child, she was faithful member of Harris Chapel Methodist Church.

Nettie (birth name Netta Mae) was affectionately known as “Nell” or “Mother Nell” by many friends and her church family at New Beginnings Full Gospel Ministries. 

She leaves to cherish her memory, five children, Michael (Janice) Ellerbe, Denise (the late Vincent) Daniel, William“Tommy” Ellerbe, Willie “Marvin” Ellerbe, Michelle (Ken) Taylor;  two brothers, Isaac (Annie Mae) and Henry (Betty) Owens; five sisters, Bette (Curtis) Bittle, Celeste (Willie) Bennett, Essie (Henry) Marshall, Inez (William) Wells, Carolyn (Edward) Pratt; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-children; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at New Beginnings Full Gospel Ministries, 215 Fourth Street. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Final arrangements are entrusted to Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.






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  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Phillips Funeral Service, Inc.
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019
    So sorry for your lose. May you find comfort from your fond memories. The Bible gives us comfort when it assures us that soon all causes of suffering will end and mankind can enjoy life forever in perfect health. (Pslams 37:11,29; Revelation 21:3,4; John 17:3) We can even be reunited with our lost loved ones. (John 5:28,29) Please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences. jw.org (Website for more encouragement.)
    ~ D. Peete
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
    We don't know what to say except that we love you. We can't understand exactly how you feel, but Jehovah does and will keep raising you up. We hope that our prayers will help a little. The Bible points to our Creator, Jehovah God, and says: "With you is the source of life." (Psalm 36:9) To him, Jesus Christ said in prayer: "This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ." (John 17:3) Indeed, our efforts to know and please Jehovah God and his Son, Jesus Christ will be rewarded with everlasting blessings. One blessing that you will find comfort in knowing is that your dear loved one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about her and bring her back again. You can learn more about this promise as well as all the promises that Jehovah has in store for obedient mankind at www.jw.org. Mike, we go way back with you and your family. We love you and if there is anything that you need, we are at your side and eager to help.
    ~ Lonnie& Eleanor Burke   Loganville, GA
  • Friday, March 8, 2019
    To the Ellerbe Family, Isaiah 41:10 tells us: " So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." May the Word of God bring healing to your soul. Your Mother was an inspirational woman, a true friend and a mother unlike any other. The passing away of your mom has left a void in every life she touched. There is no way to put my sympathy in words, that can express how sorry I am for your loss. May Christ and time ease the pain that no words can. I am praying for you all. Love, Pastor Billie Bivens
    ~ Pastor Billie Bivens   Winston Salem, NC
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019
    To Micheal and family ! Sorry for the loss of your mother . May the Lord bless you during your time of sorrow .
    ~ Sammie Clifton   High point, NC
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    Michael, Sorry for loss of your mother. Praying for you and your family,
    ~ Sylvia Collins   High Point, NE
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    We are saddened to know you are grieving the recent loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the words found in Psalms 34:18 which reads: “ Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15 Isaiah 55;11). See and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez