Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Donald T. Ensley

October 26, 1954February 5, 2020

Donald Thomas Ensley, 65, born in Baltimore, MD, passed away at his home in New Bern, NC on February 5, 2020.

He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Marie Ensley.

Don loved his family and friends, the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens, Blues music, fishing, car racing and Maryland steamed crabs and beer. He worked at the railroad for 45 years and retired as a conductor with Amtrak in 2015.

He is survived by his sisters, Donna Rasmussen of Aberdeen, MD and Denise Absalom of Middle River, MD; loving nieces and nephews, Joseph Jackson, Kathleen Rasmussen, Amy Rasmussen and Stephen Absalom.

Arrangements by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the Ensley Family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.


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Snake Atkinson

February 20, 2020

Donnie Ensley
aka. the Dude
But most importantly..my Brother

Maria Maria Ewald

February 19, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers with you. Rest in peace. Randy and Maria

Danielle Pettijohn

February 13, 2020

Lots of prayers and love being sent to Denise, Donna, and the extended family! Praying for you as you walk through this difficult season! May your memories and time that you spent together help minister peace to you!

Sharon Jackson

February 13, 2020

I first met Don, who is my husband Joe’s uncle, over 13 years ago when we first started dating. Uncle Donald welcomed me into the family with open arms and always with love in his heart, and a smile on his face! I remember going to my first Blues Festival with Joe and Uncle Donald, and I was very surprised that I actually liked Blues music. I remember all the laughter at the family cookouts and at the holiday gatherings . Uncle Donald had a great love for each and every one of his family members that will be carried with them for a lifetime. I am truly blessed that he made me feel like part of the family from the first moment I met him, and I thank him for that, and I will truly miss him! I love you, Uncle Donald! Thank you, for taking care of my Joseph all of those years! May God Bless You!

Jeanna Ashby

February 12, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Donny alot in my first few years on the railroad. We shared a love for good food and music. I would bring in baked goods for my co workers often and it was always the highest compliment to get a "girl, you missed your calling" from Donny, because I knew that he, out of all people knew good food!
He was one of the best and he taught me how to railroad. I havent working with him in over 10 yrs but even now I never forget the things he taught me and much he made me laugh.
Rest in Peace Donny.
You are very much missed

Pam Paschall

February 12, 2020

So many of my girlhood memories include you and the times I spent in Hyde Park. I am so lucky for them. Despite the pranks your sister and I played on you then, you never got angry long and always had a way of making me laugh. It was easy to see how much love there was between your sisters and yourself even then. Sadly, the busy years took over from those carefree days and it has been quite a while since I have seen you. Your accomplishments and the friends you made at the railroad were something of which to be very proud. I just wish there had been more time for you to enjoy retirement. Way too soon you have joined so many of our family in Heaven, where I know your spirit has been so warmly welcomed. I'll treasure those good memories, cousin, until we meet again.

Joe Smith

February 12, 2020

Like so many little boys who choose to follow in their father's footsteps, you climbed aboard the magic carpet made of steel. Through all the hooks and unhooks, hours of riding through all the weather to get the train cars where they needed to go, you did your dad proud. You were our family and a friend. We're going to miss you. Rest well my cousin, until we meet again.

Carlita Bass

February 12, 2020

My condolences and sympathy for you and your family during this difficult time. Please cherish and keep close those memories you have in your heart of brother Donald.

David Corey

February 12, 2020

Donny was a great guy to work with and a good guy all around. We went fishing at the outerbanks together along with Bill Fredericks and company and a good time was had by all. God bless Donny rest in peace my friend.

Kim Thomas

February 11, 2020

We send our Deepest Condolences to the friends and family of
(Brother )..Donald
May God give you-all strength during this most difficult time..