Karen L. Ennis
Karen L. Ennis transitioned to Glory February 10, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Karen was born on May 16, 1950 to the late Wilbur C. Ensley and Eria Glenn-Wiley. She was raised in Moultrie, Georgia by her stepfather, the late Nathaniel Wiley and beloved mother Eria Glenn-Wiley. Karen's early education was in Moultrie, Georgia where she graduated from William Bryant High School in 1968 and furthered her education at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Karen worked for the Essex County Welfare Board and because of her dedication and hard work she was promoted to supervisor. Her passion for helping people allowed her to remain at the Essex County Welfare Board for 37 years before her retirement in 2008. In addition to working at the Essex County Welfare Board, Karen also held a position at FedEx in Newark, New Jersey for over 20 years. On August 26, 1978 Karen married the late James Madison Ennis, II (Big Sonny). From the union one son James Madison Ennis, III (AKA, Little Sonny, Ralph, Poopbutt, etc.) was born. Karen and Big Sonny resided in Montclair, New Jersey and were devoted parents to Little Sonny and his many friends. Once Karen retired, she decided to return to Moultrie, Georgia to care for her beloved mother. She rejoined her home church, Union Missionary Baptist Church and worked on the Youth Committee. Karen took pride in Black History and teaching the children about their roots. She also served as the president of the hospital volunteers at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Karen also worked as a Youth Mentor and was a faithful volunteer at the Voting Polls. She believed that voting was a right and privilege that every American should understand and embrace.
Karen was proceeded in death by her husband, James Madison Ennis, II; her father, Wilbur C Ensley; her stepfather, Nathaniel Wiley, Sr.; five brothers, Nathaniel Wiley, Jr., William Ensley, Clarence Ensley, Charles Ensley, and Wilbur Ensley; two sisters, Alfreda Harris (Robin) and Janet Ensley; and her niece, Constance M. Wiley (Connie). Karen leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Eria Wiley, her son, James Madison Ennis, III (Bianca); her three heartbeats, grandchildren: Marcus, Milan, and James Madison Ennis, IV; her fiancé, Arthur Miles, Jr.; three brothers, Wilbur Wiley (Margaret), Steve Wiley, and Jeffrey Ensley; three sisters, Elaine Shropshire (Anthony), Janett Williams, and Dr. Dolores EnsleyHawkins (Walter); one aunt, Doris Hill (Henry); one uncle, Ellis Hanks, Sr., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, February 22, 2020, at Union Baptist 103 2nd st NW Moultrie Georgia. Interment will follow at Strong Cemetery in Moultrie Georgia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Please sign the guest registry at www.strongandson.com.
Luke Strong and Son Mortuary, Ltd. is in charge of the arrangements.
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Ananias & Cherry Blocker
Feb 22, 2020
To the Family, we truly send our deepest sympathies. Karen is home with our Lord. God Bless
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Feb 21, 2020
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