Zoda Ellon


Dec. 16, 2023


June 26, 1930

Zoda Ellon Obituary

Zoda Ellon "Sis" Kite, age 91, passed away on December 16, 2021, at Baptist South Hospital, Community Hospice Care in Jacksonville, FL, after a courageous battle with heart and kidney failure. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on December 22 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Carbon Hill, Alabama. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. at Wilson Brothers Funeral Home, 31404 Northeast 1st Avenue, Carbon Hill, AL 35549. Ellon was born in Carbon Hill, Alabama, on June 26, 1930. She and her twin sister were the youngest of six siblings. In childhood, Ellon lived on a farm, where she helped her parents with chores like picking cotton and feeding the livestock. As a young woman, while visiting family in Texas, she met a gentlemanly soldier named Gilbert. His witty sense of humor and her shy personality made them the perfect match. They were married just one month later and became inseparable in love, faith, and life. Before she knew it, the girl in the cotton fields, who had once stood and gazed up at the occasional airplane (never dreaming she would fly in one), began her journey as a military wife. So, she was on her way to places like Japan and Germany. Then in the1960’s, Ellon and her family returned to the states and settled near Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Tennessee. Throughout her life, Ellon overcame many health challenges. As a breast cancer survivor, she drew great strength from her faith in God. She was a born-again Christian, a Baptist, and loved the Lord with all her heart. She served in the church nursery, taught children’s Sunday School, and visited nursing homes with her husband. Ellon took her role as a homemaker seriously. She could bake without a recipe, sew without a pattern, and she loved gardening. Her granddaughters all benefitted from her short-order cooking skills, including the world’s best chocolate fried pies. She also loved to doodle and spent hours drawing flowers, butterflies, and figures with heart-shaped faces. In recent years, even as her health declined, she soldiered on with strong-willed determination, and her most common phrase was, "You just gotta do…what you gotta do." Ellon was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a doting grandmother. She is survived by daughters Heather Hedrick and Janet Bond (Allan), granddaughters Nikki Hedrick (Eddie), Allana Olbrich (Jesse), and Janna Bond (Kristen). She is also survived by dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Kite, her parents, Benton and Lou Rinda Tucker, her brothers, Franklin Tucker, Eual Tucker, and sisters Pauline Treadway, Wilma Johnson, and Hellon Baughn. Ellon’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caregivers at Baptist South and Community Hospice Jacksonville.



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