Aileen Rodgers Ezell

Sunday, October 19, 1924 - Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In Loving Memory

Photo of Aileen Rodgers Ezell  - 1924-2021

Canton –Aileen Rodgers Ezell, age 96, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

She was born October 19, 1924 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was the daughter of the late John B. Rodgers and the late Helen Millee Rodgers. Aileen held a strong love for children and she believed in the importance of education, which influenced her decision to attend and graduate from Arkansas State Teachers College. After making the decision to make her home in Canton, Mrs. Ezell taught school at North Canton Elementary where she retired with many years of dedicated service. She was also a very involved member of the North Carolina Association of Educators.  Mrs. Ezell was a faithful and active member of Canton Central United Methodist Church where she served on several church committees, taught Sunday School and was also a youth director. American history and her family ancestry and genealogy were important to Mrs. Ezell. She was honored to be a member of the American Colonists, Daughters of the War of 1812, the DAR and also the UDC where she held many state and federal offices. Aileen was a lady blessed with many talents and many friends. She enjoyed playing bridge, loved all types of trains and had served as the president of the Asheville Train Club, and of course as one would expect- she was an avid reader! Aileen was an inspiration to the hundreds of children that she taught. A true teacher’s dedication affects countless others and one never knows where her influence may be found. Aileen Rodgers Ezell will be loved forever by her family, her friends, and the many children that she taught each and every day.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, John Ezell; a son, William “Bill” A. McEntire; twin infant great-grandchildren, Maddie and Ellie McEntire; and also her “sweetie dogs.”

Surviving are her children, Rodger L. McEntire (Suzanne) of Waynesville, John B, McEntire of Canton, and Vicky Ezell Keener of Brevard; grandchildren, Courtney McEntire, Jamie McEntire (Heather), Melissa Keener Littleton (Kevin), and Heather Keener Smith (Rick); great-grandchildren, Savannah McEntire, Sydney McEntire, McKinley McEntire, LeeAnn Littleton, and Garan Littleton; Nancy and Jerry McFall who were like her own children; honorary grandchildren, Laura, Joshua, Foster and Corbin Simmons; and  Lori Cook-Folgers who was her special friend and travel companion.

A graveside memorial service to honor the life of Mrs. Ezell will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville. Dr. T. David Phillips will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation at 256 Industrial Park Dr. Ste. B, Waynesville, NC 28786 or to the Haywood County Meals on Wheels Program at 157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, NC 28721.

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center for their love and special care given to Aileen.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the family of Aileen Ezell.

Condolences from family and friends

I will always treasure my memories of my Aunt Aileen. She instilled my love of family history and genealogy. My love goes out to my McEntire family. RIP sweet auntie.
Sue Kimbrell
Rodger, Suzanne, and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike and Linda Hyde
Mrs. Ezell was a very special person in teaching. She taught our youngest daughter at North Canton and I will always treasure those times. Prayers and sympathy to the family.
Anne Mathews
I always thought the world of Alleen. I would call her when I had a chance. She was always friendly and loved to talk. Rest in peace my friend! You will be missed. Also, I would like to extend umy condolences to her family.
Sherry Maney Asheville 104 Chapter.
My sincere condolences and prayers are with you and your family may God speed your healing process.Praying always. Lulu
RIP Aileen. You will be missed. Prayers for the family.
Robin Cabe-Smith
Thank you for reaching out to me and helping with my Dad's family in Arkansas with our Ancestry. Loves your McEntire story. Blessings to you and family Aileen.
Karen McEntire
God rest her soul she was such a good teacher from a former student
Paul sanford
Many fond memories of the North Canton years with Aileen. I had 4 children there. God bless her dear family.
Juanita Dixon
Such a very special teacher and mentor. I didn't understand the depth of her influence and love for children and educating them until I was an adult, I just knew her as a favorite teacher at North Canton. Prayers that the love and peace of God surround her loved ones during this time.
Annie Sheppard Whitner
Aileen was such a great friend to me. She kept me under her wing when I first went to North Canton to teach. I'll never forget her friendship and support throughout the years. She was an inspiration. I loved her and I will miss her.
Nancy Beeker
May your hearts heal sooner rather than later, and may your memories remain as strong as the day they were made.
Robin Black
Loved Aileen the moment I met her in UDC and DAR. Will always miss her wit and personality of telling it like it is. RIP Eileen!
Debra Carmichael Scheer
She was one of my favorite teachers and I feel like she made a difference in my life because of her love of teaching. She was a wonderful lady inside and out. Heaven has gained a "special" angel.
Stephanie Willis
I thought the world of Aileen! She was our Preident multiple times. I used to call and talk to her after she was no longer able to attend our meetings. She was a lovely southern lady that enjoyed doing things with her many friends. She will be missed.
Sherry Fugett Maney Asheville 104
Rodger and Suzanne, I am so sorry about Aileen. She was a special friend for many years.
Anne Mathews