Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
JB Ensley Memorial
JB Ensley Memorial

JB Ensley

JB Ensley

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

JB Ensley, 77, a longtime resident of Sedro-Woolley, peacefully passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

JB was born on March 26, 1941 in Sylva, North Carolina; he was one of ten children of Luther & Mary Jane (Queen) Ensley. He was raised in Sylva until the mid-1940’s when his family moved to Skagit County, settling near Hamilton. He attended school in Hamilton and Sedro-Woolley.

JB worked in the timber industries in his younger years before settling into his 35-year career working on dairy farms across Skagit & Snohomish counties.

JB’s moto in life was to work hard but play harder, and that he did!  He loved to talk with anyone that would listen often reminiscing about memories of his younger years.  He had a great appreciation for life, music, cars, and spending time with his family.  His contagious laugh, southern tarheel accent, and sarcastic wit will be missed by all of us.

JB is survived by his daughter, Sarah Thornhill (Scott) and grandchildren Emily & Ethan Eacret, all of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, daughter, Samantha Coffelt (Cory Sr.) and their four children, Carter, Cory Jr, Sydny, and Sadie all of Bentonville, Arkansas, daughter, Carol Nakano (Marty) of Chehalis, Washington;  sister-in-law, Tami Ensley; brother- in-law, Ken Turner; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  JB was the last living sibling of his large family, and was preceded in death by brothers LB, Amos, Andy, Bobby, Frank; sisters, Ella Mae, Junetta, and Louise, as well as his parents.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Gary Blume, Dr. Jennifer Benson, and Hospice of the Northwest, as well as all of their caring & compassionate staff.  Our family would also like to acknowledge our deepest gratitude to Travis Perry and his mother Connie who befriended the old neighbor man and provided him with so much joy and enjoyment over the years, you were both truly a blessing in our lives and we will be forever grateful.  Donations in JB’s name can be made to Hospice of the Northwest.

A memorial service for JB will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Sedro-Woolley Community Church, 901 Talcott Street, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284.  A celebration of life potluck will immediately follow the service in the church’s fellowship hall.  JB will be laid to rest in a private inurnment at the Hamilton Cemetery at a later date.


  • Doris Groves

    We have lots of memories of the Ensley family. Our family (Huff, Lilla Mae, David, W.L. “Dub” and me, Doris Queen) stayed with them when we moved to Lyman from NC. They still had 5 kids at home, including JB, but welcomed us until we could find a house to rent. Prayers of comfort for the family.

  • Samantha Coffelt

    Oh daddy, I can’t imagine a a life without you in it. Your little buddies are going to miss your jokes and crazy stories.