|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1879|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1948|
Nancy Ellen Freeman was born 24 Jan 1879 to Henry Franklin Freeman and his wife Harriett Williams in Missouri. Both of the elder Freeman's originated from Bedford County, Tennessee, so it is supposed that it was a brief sojourn into Missouri, because by the 1880 census, the Freeman family had returned to Bedford County, Tennessee. Nancy Ellen would go by "Ellie" all her life.
The Freeman's were a large family and included: Mary Elizabeth, Robert Wilson, Joseph Henry, Beulah, Martha Ann, Alice, Sara Jane, Nancy Ellen "Ellie", Birdie Lee, and Georgia Etta., spanning more than 20 years between their births.
February 28, 1901, Ellie married her sweetheart, Lonzo Reynolds and they continued to make their home in Shelbyville, where they owned and operated a grocery store.
Their only child Amzira Reynolds III was born on 21 Mar 1902. Amzira would marry Pearl Dimple Johnson in 1923 and give them three Grandchildren: Henry Johnson in 1924, Mary "Alda" in 1928, and Ellen "Anne" in 1931.
Their youngest grandchild, Anne (Reynolds) always told the story of times she would visit Grandpa and Grandma in their grocery store. One of her favorite memories was when Grandpa would be out for a few minutes attending to something, and Grandma would come in and take a bottle of beer out of the cooler. She would look at her Granddaughter Anne and say, "Now, don't you tell your Grandpa!" A few minutes later, Grandma would be back in the house preparing dinner, and Grandpa would come in and pull out a bottle of beer. He would wink at his Granddaughter Anne and say, "Now don't you tell your Grandma about this!"
Anne had many good times at the grocery store and enjoyed spending time with her Grandparents. Grandma would give Anne and her brother Henry and sister Mary Alda candy. Usually, if Anne asked for a piece of fruit, Grandma would say fruit was too expensive. Then, when Grandpa came in, he would give Anne a piece of fruit. Anne was happy because she got the fruit she really wanted, plus a piece of candy. Even when times were hard for their family, Grandpa made sure everyone had enough food. Anne remembered her Grandmother Ellie as dearly loving her son Amzira and her Grandchildren.
Ellie and Lonzo talked many times about painting their grocery store, but they could never come to an agreement on the color. In frustration, Anne said "They would just paint it the same color of gray!"
Ellie passed away in 1948 and she was buried in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.
Lonzo was distressed and at loss without his Ellie. He sold the store and went to Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California to live with his son Amzira and family. He was not content, however, and always talked about returning to Shelbyville to buy his grocery store.
Lonzo passed away on 3 May 1949 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. His body was returned to Tennessee, and he was laid to rest beside his Ellie in Willow Mount Cemetery in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee.
Lonzo Reynolds (1878 - 1949)*
Amzira Reynolds (1902 - 1950)*
Willow Mount Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Glen Reynolds
Record added: Feb 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33839107
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