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3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN

OBITUARY

Ellen Martha

June 27, 1936November 3, 2019
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Ellen Martha, a retired homemaker died November 3, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, TN.

She was a resident at NHC Healthcare in Somerville, TN. Ellen was born in Rossville, TN on June 27, 1936 to Berry Fletcher and Burtice Gurkin Fletcher. She and her twin sister Ann were raised from a young age by her aunt and uncle, Gewndolyn Gurkin Hansell and Hugh Herbert Hansell. She had seven siblings and precedes her sister Anita Ware of Mississippi and her twin sister Ann Martineau (Jack) of Ellisville, MS. Ellen was preceded in death by her first husband James Eugene Alexander, Jr. and her daughter Darlene Andrea Alexander.

She also precedes her second husband Clayt Nelson Finleyson, Jr. and her daughters Sonja Stanford (Jerry), Donna Moore (Ralph), Gwendolyn Wolfe (Sam), and her son James Alexander, III (Darnel); Twelve grandchildren, John Stanford, Jeremy Stanford (Laurin), Matt Moore, Nicole Crum (Jon), Philip Moore, Brooke Galan (Alan), Amanda Snipes (Tim), David Wolfe, Kristy Throckmorton (Josh), Jennifer Sligh (Andrew), Aaron Alexander (Samantha) and Adrienne Finney (Ryan); She also leaves behind twenty great grandchildren.

Ellen was a long time resident of Collierville and a member of First Baptist Church in Collierville, TN. She and Ann were accomplished piano players and in Ellen's own words she "led a good life!"

Services will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N Germantown Parkway Bartlett, TN 38133. Visitation will be from 9 - 10 AM with the funeral service at 10 AM. Brother Les Helton, Senior Families Pastor of Collierville First Baptist, and Ellen's son James Alexander will be officiating the service. John Stanford, Jeremy Stanford, Philip Moore and Jon Crum will be serving as pallbearers.

  • FAMILY

  • Clayt Nelson Finleyson, Jr., Husband
  • Sonja Stanford (Jerry), Daughter
  • Donna Moore (Ralph), Daughter
  • Gwendolyn Wolfe (Sam), Daughter
  • James Alexander, III (Darnel), Son
  • John Stanford, Grandchild
  • Jeremy Stanford (Laurin), Grandchild
  • Matt Moore, Grandchild
  • Nicole Crum (Jon), Grandchild
  • Philip Moore, Grandchild
  • Brooke Galan (Alan), Grandchild
  • Amanda Snipes (Tim), Grandchild
  • David Wolfe, Grandchild
  • Kristy Throckmorton (Josh), Grandchild
  • Jennifer Sligh (Andrew), Grandchild
  • Aaron Alexander (Samantha), Grandchild
  • Adrienne Finney (Ryan), Grandchild
  • Twenty (20), Great Grandchildren
  • Ellen was born in Rossville, TN on June 27, 1936 to Berry Fletcher and Burtice Gurkin Fletcher. She and her twin sister Ann were raised from a young age by her aunt and uncle, Gewndolyn Gurkin Hansell and Hugh Herbert Hansell. She had seven siblings and precedes her sister Anita Ware of Mississippi and her twin sister Ann Martineau (Jack) of Ellisville, MS. Ellen was preceded in death by her first husband James Eugene Alexander, Jr. and her daughter Darlene Andrea Alexander.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019

Memories

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Sonja Stanfordrd

November 7, 2019

Miss you Mom and I love you you. Till we meet again.
Love you,
Sonja

Amber Jones

November 6, 2019

9 months of caring for Ellen at NHC was a complete blessing to me. She very quickly became my “sassy gal” and one of my absolute favorites, so I will miss her very much, especially her laugh. Clayt and I will continue to share memories of her!

Beautiful tribute for your mom, my condolences are with you all! 💕

Barbara LaPointe ,RN

November 5, 2019

It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of Ellen’s life as a provider of her Heath care and also to just be in her company during the day. We all at NHC will continue to care for Clayt as he grieves the loss of Ellen. She will be missed.

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Biography

Ellen Martha, a retired homemaker died November 3, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, TN.

She was a resident at NHC Healthcare in Somerville, TN. Ellen was born in Rossville, TN on June 27, 1936 to Berry Fletcher and Burtice Gurkin Fletcher. She and her twin sister Ann were raised from a young age by her aunt and uncle, Gewndolyn Gurkin Hansell and Hugh Herbert Hansell. She had seven siblings and precedes her sister Anita Ware of Mississippi and her twin sister Ann Martineau (Jack) of Ellisville, MS. Ellen was preceded in death by her first husband James Eugene Alexander, Jr. and her daughter Darlene Andrea Alexander.

She also precedes her second husband Clayt Nelson Finleyson, Jr. and her daughters Sonja Stanford (Jerry), Donna Moore (Ralph), Gwendolyn Wolfe (Sam), and her son James Alexander, III (Darnel); Twelve grandchildren, John Stanford, Jeremy Stanford (Laurin), Matt Moore, Nicole Crum (Jon), Philip Moore, Brooke Galan (Alan), Amanda Snipes (Tim), David Wolfe, Kristy Throckmorton (Josh), Jennifer Sligh (Andrew), Aaron Alexander (Samantha) and Adrienne Finney (Ryan); She also leaves behind twenty great grandchildren.

Ellen was a long time resident of Collierville and a member of First Baptist Church in Collierville, TN. She and Ann were accomplished piano players and in Ellen's own words she "led a good life!"

Services will be held Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N Germantown Parkway Bartlett, TN 38133. Visitation will be from 9 - 10 AM with the funeral service at 10 AM.
Brother Les Helton, Senior Families Pastor of Collierville First Baptist, and Ellen's son James Alexander will be officiating the service. John Stanford, Jeremy Stanford, Philip Moore and Jon Crum will be serving as pallbearers.