Willie Beatrice (Lang) Ellis

wife of Fort Ofney Ellis


She was the daughter of John Wesley Lang and Saphronia Jane Hildreth of Muscogee.  He worked as a mechanic for the Southern States Lumber Company, and had served in the Confederate Navy 1864-1865.  Willie B. is buried next to her Grandmother, Susan Rebecca (_____) Lang, wife of Thomas G. Lang who had died in 1889.  Near the turn of the century, Susan had moved from the Mount Willing area of Lowndes County, Alabama to Muscogee to live with her son John and his family before she died in 1903. 




Muscogee, Florida. January 12, 1904


Died, Saturday Jan. 9th, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Lang, the sweet young life of  Mrs. Willie B. Ellis passed away. In the morning of her life God saw fit to transplant this fair white lily from earth to Heaven, leaving an aching void in the hearts of her loved ones which only Heaven can heal. On a beautiful night of June she entered the church in her snowy bridal robes to become the wife of the man she loved, wisely and well, seven, short months of pure happiness passed quickly by and the young husband went again into the little church with his bride but this time she was not on his arm. The pure white coffin that went before held that, which was dearer, to him than anything else on earth. Her beloved pastor Rev. J. A. Abbott, conducted a beautiful funeral service and the dear form of our loved one was conveyed to the cemetery where  tender hands laid her to rest with Grandma and Little Ruby, and with a dear schoolmate of her youth who preceded her only a few days to the better land, where there is no sorrow or sickness, and she is at peace with her Savior. Everybody loved "Miss Willie" she was a particular favorite with the little folks and it was sweet to see the group of little innocents with sad faces gather around her for a last goodbye— sweet because it was a symbol of her purity and their love. May God be very close to and  bless the dear bereaved Husband, Mother, Father, and all her loved ones, and point them to a better brighter world where all the sorrows of earth are healed and where she is waiting  for them on the right hand of God.


Sister thou was’t mild and lovely

Gentle as the summer breeze

Pleasant as the air of evening

When it floats among the trees.


Dearest sister thou has’t left us

How thy loss we deeply feel

But tis God that has bereft us

He can all our sorrows heal.


Yet again we hope to meet thee

When the day of life is fled

Then in Heaven with joy to greet thee

Where no farewell tear is shed.