CASTALIA - Ensley Lee Nelms, 79, died Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2007. Funeral services were conducted Friday, March 16, at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Nelms was a son of the late George Allen and Mary Elizabeth Collins Nelms. He was preceded in death by his sister, Veryl N. Wood, and a brother, Melvin Nelms. Mr. Nelms was a former deacon and Sunday school director at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church.

Surviving: his wife, Eloise G. Nelms; daughter, Blythe Nelms of Garner; son, Ben (Diane) Nelms of Castalia; sister, Carlette Adams of Knightdale; brothers, Clemon Nelms of Louisburg, T. O. Nelms, Lloyd Nelms and Delton Nelms, all of Castalia; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedar Rock First Baptist Church, 4879 NC 56 Hwy. E., Castalia, NC 27816.

Arrangements handled by Strickland Funeral Home, Louisburg.