Ennis Gadd

  • Born: June 7, 1933
  • Died: April 10, 2013
  • Location: Princeton, West Virginia

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ennis Elane Gadd, 79, of Elgood Road, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born June 7, 1933, at Bent Mountain, Ennis was the daughter of the late Jessie & Naomi Caldwell White. Of the Christian faith, she was a homemaker, gardener, seamstress and baker. She found her place in the world on her beloved country farm in rural Mercer County, alongside her husband, Robert. While she worked hard at many tasks throughout her life, her most favorite job came in the summers, she and Robert raised their gardens and sold the produce they harvested at the Mercer County Tailgate Farmer's Market. Through all the time Ennis spent tending the earth, raising livestock or baking a batch of rolls for market, her best-loved titles were that of wife, mom and "nanny". In addition to her parents, Ennis was preceded in death by her always-devoted husband of 61 years, Robert; brothers James and Edward White; and an infant sister, Joyce Fay. Survivors left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Connie Gadd Toler and husband, Doug, of Athens; Deborah Gadd Mitchem and husband, Danny, of Elgood; and Nancy Gadd Byrd, of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Tammie Toler of Athens; and Cristi Williams, of Elgood; great-grandson, Matthew Gadd Williams, of Elgood; great-granddaughter, Abigail Elane Williams-Fry, of Elgood; brother, Clendal White and his wife, Patty; and a very special friend, Beverly McManaway. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday, April 14, 2013 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Friends may visit with the family Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until the service hour at the funeral home.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Debbie and Family, I was so sorry to read about your mother's passing..You have my heart felt deepest sympathy.The family is in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless...Cammie Brinkley.

Posted by Cammie Brinkley Hester - Princeton, WV - friend of her children   June 09, 2013

I talked to Mr. and Mrs. Gadd a few years back about Gadd genealogy. Really nice people. From my notes: "In a telephone interview 05 Sept 2010, Robert's wife quoted an in-law as saying there's 'no better man anywhere than Robert.'" Robert's father -- Noah Levi Gadd Sr. -- was my great uncle.

Posted by Eva Smith-Carroll - KY - First cousin once removed-in law   April 14, 2013

I have fond memories of conversations at the market. I will always remember Ennis as a friendly and caring person. My prayers are with the family. Nancy Stewart Belcher

Posted by Nancy Stewart Belcher - Athens, WV - friend   April 13, 2013


Ennis was a wonderful friend and neighbor. Toiling the soil was her desire and pleasure even though, she was not physically able in the last few years. She always wanted to share her labors with me. It may have been new potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage head, or anything that was harvested. You could not give her anything that she didn't insist that you take something back with you. Robert was the same way. Sometimes, I would just find a bucket or basket on my back porch with goodies from them.

Her words to me, "You come anytime, I'm always home." The door was always open. I will miss you, my dear sweet friend. I pray that you are happy now with your beloved Robert. Rest in peace, until we meet again, I will cherish your memory.

May God bless and comfort each of the family as you go through this trying time.
I love each of you!

Posted by Pat Blankenship - Princeton, WV   April 13, 2013

When Mr. Robert passed the gates of glory were they opened by Jesus and Peter welcoming him with open arms. Now Ms. Ennis has gone to hold his hand again. When the gates opened for Ms. Ennis the gates were opened wider. The Lord saw that big smile of Ms. Ennis and she was welcomed by her family and friends.
My most fondest memory of Ennis and Robert were when I was a teenager, Robert dressed up as Santa Claus and Ennis as Mrs. Claus. They would hook up the horse and wagon and traveled the roads in the Pettrey/Elgood area handing out treat bags to all the children. If only everyone could have seen the faces of the kids like they did with Love. You will be missed Ms. Ennis.

Posted by Barbara Duncan - Athens, WV - friend   April 13, 2013


We just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and
prayers are with you during this very difficult and sad
time. Mom and I enjoyed our visit with your Mom and
Dad when we came up from Florida to visit. We had
a lot of laughs and a delicious lunch. Those are good
memories and the ones we need to keep close to
our hearts. May the love of family and friends comfort
you in your time of sorrow.

Dennis, Beverly and Erik

Posted by Beverly Burrows - Chesterfield, VA - First Cousin   April 13, 2013