Sep 242013



William “Bill” Ellsworth Dansey Jr. passed away on Monday, Sept., 23, 2013 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. There will be a private memorial service for family at his favorite fishing spot in Aspen, Colo.

Bill was born in Hampton, Va. and spent his early years in Pittsburg, Calif., eventually moving back to Richmond, Va. He graduated from Douglas Southall Freeman High School in Richmond and from East Carolina University with a degree in accounting and business.

After college he became involved in national politics working on campaigns for both Nixon and Reagan. Moving back to Greenville in the mid 1960′s, he opened several restaurants in the area, including The Candlewick Inn and The Pipeline in downtown Greenville. After that Bill began a career in real estate with the development of Tar River Estates. Over the next three decades, he continued to support the growth of eastern North Carolina with numerous residential real estate projects through his various real estate development and construction companies. In addition to his professional contributions, Bill served the local community through the Jaycees and his work in government. Bill ran for Mayor of Greenville and State of North Carolina Senate, served as a City Councilman, and was on the Board of Trustees for East Carolina University from 1985 to 1993. He was and always will be a fervent Pirate fan.

He was preceded by his mother, Ruth Ann Blomquist.

He is survived by his two children, William “Trey” Ellsworth Dansey III of Raleigh, and Courtney Dansey Rogers of Charlotte; and five beautiful grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Bill through a donation to the East Carolina University Educational Foundation, Inc. 2200 South Charles Blvd., Ste 1100, Greenville, NC 27858. Checks should be made out to the East Carolina University Educational Foundation, Inc.

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Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville.

Published in The Daily Reflector on September 24, 2013

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