Carolyn Proffitt Eller passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. She was born Oct. 8, 1938, in Baskerville. Carolyn was predeceased by her husband, Keith P. Eller; and her parents, Edward and Winnie Proffitt, of Baskerville. Carolyn is survived by her son, Gregory Eller, of Durham; her daughter, Kathryn Eller Kovach, of Greensboro; and her grandson, Benjamin Kovach, of New York, New York. She is also survived by her sister, Scottie Wellborn, of Spruce Pine.
Mrs. Eller came from a family of teachers and was herself an English teacher for more than 25 years. No one appreciated the power of words more; both the words you choose and how you put those words together. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with an Associate of Arts degree, Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earned her Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She began her teaching career in Morganton and continued when the family relocated to Greensboro, where she taught at several Greensboro schools. Carolyn was committed to education and helped implement the Gifted and Talented program in the Guilford County Public Schools. After she retired, she continued to work with students as a tutor and adviser, helping them draft essays and otherwise prepare for college entrance exams.
Carolyn enjoyed reading, theatre, music, travel, and spending time with her children and grandson. She was often seen with a book in her hand and frequented the area libraries. She recently attended concerts by B.B. King and Aretha Franklin and saw the Phantom of the Opera performed on several different occasions. She took a trip to Hawaii with her son and later accompanied her daughter and grandson on a cruise to Alaska. She became a sports enthusiast late in life from attending the soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse games of her grandson, Ben. She had a fantastic sense of humor, quick wit and delighted in laughing while socializing with her many close friends and her sister.
The family will receive friends at the O. Henry Hotel from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, with a 3 p.m. memorial service. Instead of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the hospice services of your choice. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center and Beacon Place. A special thank you to Sara Carter Spencer, PA-C, for her years of care.
Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 14, 2018