Address: BurnsvilleDate of Death: Saturday, October 13, 2012
Arrangements: Yancey Funeral Services
Details: A native of Albemarle, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Mary Bailey Brown and the wife of Grover Speights, who passed away in 1986. She was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Speights, who passed away in 1946 a grandson, John David Grindstaff, who passed away in 1991; a brother, Claude W. Brown, Jr. and a sister, Lorinia Claudine Morton. Ethel worked at Burnsville Hosiery of 16 years and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Surviving are two daughters: Judy Ballew and husband, Edd, of Seven Mile Ridge, and Nancy Grindstaff of Jacks Creek; a son, Tommy Speights and wife, Ann, of Albemarle; a sister, Bertha Pope of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren: Regina Pendley, Mary Lou Murphy, Pam Thompson, Kelly McKinney, David Grindstaff, Toni Lynn Chamberlin, Johnny Ballew and Cindi Crook; 18 great-grandchildren and 5 great, great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, October 15th in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. A second visitation will be held from 1 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday in Albemarle at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. A service will be held at 2 p.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Dr. Wayne Bennett will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.