CONCORD Mrs. Rachel Ellington Fullem, formerly of Gibson Drive, entered Heaven with open arms into the waiting embrace of her Lord and Savior, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Tucker Hospice House. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Charity Baptist Church, 2420 Brantley Rd. in Kannapolis, officiated by Dr. Marty Payton. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the church, prior to the service. The inurnment will be private. Rachel was born March 7, 1922, in Concord, to the late A.L. Ellington and Addie Wilson Ellington. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard "Bubba" Fullem; brothers, Clifford, Everett, Carl and Arnold Ellington; and sister, Pat Swaringen. Rachel worked in the hosiery industry at both Hugh Gray Hosiery and Kaiser Roth Hosiery. She was an avid golfer, making a hole in one well into her 80s. Rachel was a treasured wife, mother, and grandmother. For many years she taught Sunday school to numerous children and was a joy and blessing to all who knew her. She spent the last three years as a resident of Morningside Elder Care Facility where she lit up any room she entered with her smile. Rachel is survived by children, Rebecca F. Poplin (Craig), Fay F. Waddell (Reggie), and Darrell F. Fullem (Pam); grandsons, Andy Poplin, Brent and Alex Kilgore; great-grandson, Eli Kilgore; brothers, Roy and Troy Ellington; and a host of extended family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charity Baptist Church Food Ministry. Online condolences may be left at Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Fullem family.

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