Cleo and Audrey
Cecil Matthews


Audree Cleo Williams was born on September 5, 1923 in Edgecombe County, the first child of Charles Thomas and Lucille Williams. She graduated from West Edgecombe High School.

She married David Exum Ellis in 1944 and was the mother of two children, Charles David Ellis and Audrey Ellis Edmundson.

Cleo married William Cecil Matthews on December 16, 1966. For many years, she was the supervisor of Lease Accounting for Hardees Food Systems. She retired from Hardees on September 30, 1988, after 23 years with the company.

Cleo died on January 2, 2018 at the age of 94.4 years. She was survived by two grandsons and a grandaughter. seven great-grandchildren and two great-great grandsons.

Two brothers, Don and Oliver. and one sister, Nancy, survived her.

Read Cleo's memories of growing up Cleo's Obituary  


Charles David Ellis

Charles Ellis, was born on September 22, 1947. He married Nancy Gail Mosley and is the father of a daughter, Angela Robin Ellis who was born on November 29, 1972. Charles married Dianne Brown. He died on September 27, 1997 and is buried at Rocky Mount Memorial Park.

Charles Ellis
Angela Ellis Hodges, Brandon and Cierra
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Angela Ellis Hodges

Angela Robin Ellis was born on September 28, 1972. She married Jeffery Glenn Hodges. She is the mother of three children, Cierra Megan Hodges, born September 24, 1992, and Brandon Jeffery Hodges, born May 21, l995, and Kendall Lynn Denton, born November 9, 2003.

Brandon graduated from Southwest Edgecombe High School and is a graduate of East Carolina University.


Audrey Ellis Edmundson

Audrey Lynn Ellis was born on May 5, 1955. She married John Andrew Taylor on April 21, 1974. She is the mother of twin boys, Jason Charles Taylor and Jeremy William Taylor, who were born on April 18, 1979. They are the only twins in four generations of the Williams family.

Audrey married Dred Roland Edmundson III [Rusty] in 1985. Rusty is a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Industrial Technology. Audrey was a field payroll supervisor at Hardees Food Systems for 25 years. She died April 13, 2009.

Audrey, Rusty Cleo and Angela


Jason Charles Taylor

Jason Charles Taylor was born April 18, 1979. He is a 2001 graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS in Regional and Community Planning with a minor in Geographical Information Systems. He has a Juris Doctorate from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. and is a practicing attorney in Rocky Mount.

He married Mary Allison Etheridge on December 29, 2001. Allison graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Psychology in 2001. She is a Physician's Assistant with a degree from Wake Forest University.


Jason receives Juris Doctor degree from Pat Robertson at Regent University


Jeremy William Taylor

Jeremy William Taylor was born April 18, 1979. He is a 2001 graduate of Chowan College with a BS in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in Small Business Management. He married Lisa Joe Lassiter on May 4, 2002. Lisa graduated from Chowan College with a BS in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems and a minor in Small Business Management in 2001. She is currently doing post graduate work in the field of Dental Hygiene.

They are the parents of a daughter, Emma Gray Taylor and a son, Andrew Peyton Taylor.

Jeremy, Lisa, Andrew and Emma Gray Taylor

Emma Gray and Andrew Peyton Taylor
Emma - "Little Miss Rocky Mount