Funeral services for Everlina Ellis-Jones will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Twin City Church of Christ on Highway 49, Helena-West Helena.


Funeral services for Everlina Ellis-Jones will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Twin City Church of Christ on Highway 49, Helena-West Helena. Rev. Belinda Slater will officiate the service and Rev. Kent Broughton will deliver the eulogy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Gilliam AME Church at Barton. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. The final viewing will be Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Everlina Ellis-Jones (Brownie) was born Dec. 13, 1935 to the late Everlina and Bernard Parker Sr. 

Everlina Parker later married Lee Butler who Mom cherished as her father until God called him home in 1966. My grandmother, Everlina Butler left to be with our Lord in 1979.

Everlina, or Brownie, received Christ in her life at a very early age of 13 years old.  She became a member of Mt. Gillian A.M.E. Church over 50 years ago and continued as an elder of the church, a faithful servant. She was faithful until the angels of God carried her to our Lord in Savior on Nov. 18, 2011 at 9 p.m. 

“Then let me go to the altar of God, to God my highest joy, and I will give thanks to you on the lyre, O God, my God.”  Psalm 43:4.

 Mom loved to visit and talk on the telephone with new friends, old friends and all of her friends.  She loved to travel. She loved to cruise to different destinations.  She loved Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico.  She traveled most of the South, the Midwest and the West Coast.

She loved church and she loved to sing.  Even though Mt. Gillian AME was her home church, Calvary Baptist and St. Paul were close to her heart.  Mom was a prayer warrior and prayed without ceasing.  Mom sang a beautiful song to God ever chance she could.  The day before God took her home she sang with the nurses at the bedside at Baptist Health Medical Center.

Mom’s biggest gift from God was her cooking abilities.  Mom made the best food and we all enjoyed every morsel.  She was always willing to share and show you how to carry out the task of making a delicious meal.

Mom followed in her dad’s footstep, Lee Butler, who was a Mason and became an Eastern Star.  She was an Easter Star for more than 30 years.  During her later years she was the chaplain of Chapter Eastern Star 374.  Mom’s first marriage was to O.C. Ellis Sr. in 1951.  She leaves behind her husband, Willie Jones, whom she wed in December 1985.

Evergina Burry and Verta Ladd, her older sisters, preceded her in death.  She leaves to cherish her memories, her half brothers and sisters, Benard Parker Jr. of Detroit, Mich., Clarence Parker of Clarendon, Maxine Parker-Miller of Little Rock, Evelyn Parker-Harris, Rodella Parker- Anderson, Leola Parker all of Boston, Merlene Parker-Moore of Memphis, Shirley Parker-Tillman of Helena-West Helena and Louise Parker-Banks of Huntsville, Ala. and Alene “Molly” Fitzhugh of Lake View.

She bore six children Ella Mae Dorsey (husband Earnest, two children Dwayne and Earnest, Jr. and grandchildren), Nina Camp-Jamerson (Ex-husband Sam Camp to which bore Sherence both deceased, present husband Calvin Jamerson), O.C. Ellis, Jr. (married Barbara Johnson two children, Kesha, O.C. the 3rd, and grandchildren), Liz Butler (married Thomas King, James Bedwell (Ashton Bedwell) and Bandhu Chad Surendranath, (Chad Surendranath), Alfred Butler, Dorothy Ellis of Los Angeles and Pierre L. Ellis (wife Marie and two children, Monique and Monee Ellis).   She adopted five boys Sherman Craig (married Angelic and two children Alexander and Sabrina and grandchildren), Michael Craig who preceded her in death, Arthur Tucker (married Jenny and daughter LaKiesha) Larry Craig (four children, Larry, Jr. Shaunta (deceased), Karen, Justin and Linn Craig and Francis Curry, who loved her as the only mom she knew.  She called so many her babies…and my brother Ralph Collins. 

Mom married Willie J. Jones and she has eight children, Linda, Donnie Ray, James, Rickey, Anthony (Boo), Jeff, Tony and Vicki and a host of grandchildren.

Her sisters’ children Dorothy Dyer (Nat), Arthur Burry and Phillip Ladd preceded her in death. And she leaves behind to mourn her death, Willie “Don” and Bernice Donald, Bernice Ladd, Dorothy Ladd and Allan and Irvette Ladd, Tash and with those unions many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grand children. 

Mom lived to see five generations.

She has nine stepchildren in Detroit, Leverne, Joyce and Ronnie, Leo, Gregg, Sandra, Raymond, Kelsey and LaTisha Ellis of Detroit, many cousins, nieces and nephews from Milton, Richardson, Ward, Johnson, and Craig.

Her family will miss her sweet smile and sweet, sweet kisses.  She leaves behind many, many friends from the South, to the Midwest to the West Coast that she called “Momma’s Babies”.

We love you Mom…our angel in heaven.

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