Trudy Allen Allen Ennis

May 15, 1951February 9, 2010

Trudy Allen Ennis, age 58, of Greensboro, died at her mother’s home on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. She was born in Cherokee County, N. C. and was the daughter of Ruth May Allen of Stanley and the late Garland Allen.

Mrs. Ennis received her B. A. degree, summa cum laude, and her M. A. degree from Western Carolina University. She received her J. D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and of the Order of the Coif. Before attending law school, Mrs. Ennis taught English.

Mrs. Ennis was a member of the law firm, Nexsen Pruet, Greensboro and was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. She was actively involved in committees and activities of the North Carolina Bar Association. She was recognized as one of the best lawyers in North Carolina and America and listed in North Carolina as a “Super Lawyer” 2009 for Employment and Labor law.

Mrs. Ennis is survived by her husband, Ronnie Dean Ennis; one daughter: Stephanie Fields and husband Kevin of Essex, England; mother: Ruth May Allen of Stanley; two brothers: James W. Allen and wife Susan of Belmont, N. C., Eric M. Allen and wife Wanda of Mt. Holly, N. C.; two sisters: Judy Stamey and husband Wayne of Gastonia, N. C., Diane McGee and husband Rick of Mt. Holly, N. C.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 P. M. to 3:00 P. M. Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley, N. C.

Memorial services will be 3:00 P. M. Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the Carothers Funeral Home Chapel, Stanley, N. C. with the Rev. Ron Watts officiating.

Interment will be private and at a later date.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: Blumenthal Cancer Center, c/o Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 1221 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, N. C. 28204

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Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is serving the Ennis family


  • Memorial Service Sunday, February 14, 2010
  • Visitation Sunday, February 14, 2010

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March 5, 2010

Dear Allen and Ennis families,
I was so very sorry to hear about your sad loss. Trudy was a caring and intelligent person and an excellent lawyer. She was an asset to our legal family in Greensboro, and she will be missed. Hopefully your sadness will be replaced to some degree by happy memories and the knowledge that she is at rest now.
Joy Parks Farland

Cheryl Fording

March 4, 2010

Stacy and the Ennis family,

I worked as Trudy's assistant for nearly 2 years at Nexsen Pruet and was shocked to hear of her recent passing. Especially since the last memory I have of her before leaving NP was at a celebratory lunch for her just after her learning of a clean and positive medical report.

I think what I will remember most about her was her deep seeded humanity and compassion. Though she never broke her everyday stoicism, I felt blessed to see her underlying compassion and love for so many, including those she worked with on so many occasions.

Stacy, it was clear that you were her light and her angel and as a daughter myself and someone who has an only daughter as well, I can only imagine the depth of your sorrow. Always hold dear that you seemed to be in her every thought and her unconditional love was clear to all who encountered her.

To the rest of the Ennis family, her passing seems truly to have been simply all too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Joe Fesperman

February 18, 2010

So sorry to hear of Trudy's death. Ellen sent me word today. Though we have not seen each other since High School, I do so remember her smile and intelligence. By reading her bio, I see she used her skills well.

Please know I am thinking of you, feel free to call or stop by if you are ever in Wilkes County.

Laurie Mesibov

February 17, 2010

Trudy worked with me at the Institute of Government many years ago. She was a law student and summer law clerk, and I was a new faculty member. The Institute published her fine work in our School Law Bulletin. I admired Trudy's work, respected her judgment, and enjoyed her company. We became friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ann Cantrell

February 17, 2010

Trudy was as protective of her clients and their privacy as a mother is of her children. She loved those Heels. She had a great sense of humor. She adored her daughter. She truly cared about the people with whom she worked. We miss all these wonderful things about her here at the office. She was very private, but after her diagnosis she opened up a little, and many of us were able to get to know her better. I enjoyed working with Trudy over the years and have tremendous respect for her, and like everyone here at NP, I miss her and offer my most sincere condolences to Stacy and the entire family.

February 17, 2010

I remember Trudy from UNC School of Law. She was a bright and kind person and very hard working. Please accept my deepest sympathy at her passing. May God strengthen and comfort you all at this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom Steele, Jr.

February 17, 2010

To all of Trudy's family,
I have not been a part of Trudy's world since high school but we were like family as kids. I remember getting all six of the girls in the back of one of our parents cars for little trips and sitting up late together while our parents played cards. My heart goes out to all of you. She was very special her whole life. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

All our Love
Brad & Carolyn(White) Howard

February 17, 2010

Thank you for the wonderful care you administered to Trudy during her time of suffering. My heart goes out to you and Stacy and you will be in my prayers.

Lissa Broome

February 17, 2010

Stacey and the rest of Trudy's family -- Adam and I were both Trudy's professors in Contract Law at UNC. Imagine my surprise years later when my research assistant (Stacey) finally announced that I had taught her mother. It was wonderful to reconnect with Trudy's career through Stacey. We are so saddened by Trudy's premature death. Our sincere sympathy to all who knew and loved Trudy.

February 17, 2010

Some of my fondest memories of law school are of Trudy and Stacy. We spent three years as classmates, friends and neighbors, living a block or so from each other in Glen Lennox. We both were non-traditional students---read: older students, and had great fun designing our resumes so that the interviewing attorneys would think we were younger than what we were. And, what fun we had at a firm's reception watching the faces of some of the interviewing firm members when they realized we were not the young women they thought they'd granted interviews to! Thanks for making law school so much fun, Trudy.

And, Stacy, having you around during those three years certainly put everything in the right perspective. I thank you and Trudy for sharing part of those three years with me.

Finally, to Ronnie: She so adored you and looked forward to whenever you could make it 'home' to Glen Lennox.

My condolences to all of the family. I'm sure each of you know how special Trudy was to so many people.

Marge Ciardella
Wilmington, North Carolina