Obituary for Josephine Taylor Ellis of Southern Pines

Josephine “Effie” Taylor Ellis, 76, of Southern Pines, passed away at her home on Saturday, February 18th after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island March 21, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Francis Taylor and the late Lesley Bogert Taylor.  Effie’s early years were divided between homes in Camden, SC and Newport, RI.  In both locations, Effie’s main interests were her family, her dogs and her horses.

Effie is survived by her husband M. Nixon “Nick” Ellis, her children Andrew Chew Ellis (Catherine) and Sassy Ellis Riley (Kevin).  She is survived by her sisters Topsy, Patsy and Beverley Taylor. She has a granddaughter, Taylor Cameron Ellis.

Effie was a devoted horsewoman and avid foxhunter.  She showed horses throughout the East Coast and was a Joint-Master of both the Red Mountain Hounds and the Moore County Hounds. She served the community as a Director of the Walthour-Moss Foundation and The Carolina Horse Park.

A celebration of her lifer will be held at 11am at Brownson Church in Southern Pines on March 27th, followed by a reception at Weymouth.

In Lieu of flowers, a donation in Effie’s memory may be made to the First Health Cancer Center.

The Foundation of First Health

150 Applecross Road

Pinehurst, NC. 28374

Online condolences may be made at

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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