MADISON, Wis. — Dr. Thomas Ray Ennis, 63, passed away on June 8, 2019 in his home under hospice care in Madison, Wisconsin. Tom was born to Audrey Thomas and Raymond Henry Ennis on Oct. 10, 1955, at Good Hope Hospital in Erwin. Both parents preceded him in death. Close relatives who survived him are his older brother, Paul G. Ennis; and spouse, Gilda Edwards Ennis, who married Tom on Aug. 23, 1995, in Lillington. Special surviving cousins include Donna Ruth Scott of Lake Waccamaw, Gail Tobey of Atlanta and Mexico, Janis Hall of Germany, Rob Ennis of Raleigh, David Ennis of Dunn, and Andy Ennis of Dunn.
As a child and teenager, Tom enjoyed living in Dunn on Westhaven Street where he developed life-long friendships with many of his neighbors. He was active in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. After graduating from Dunn High School, Tom attended Campbell University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He completed a dual postdoctoral residency in Cardiology and Ambulatory Medicine within the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University. Prior to his pharmacy career, Tom worked in diverse areas of allied health, including respiratory therapy and medical technology. Across North Carolina, but primarily in the eastern region, Tom worked as a clinical and retail pharmacist and helped initiate and manage independent pharmacies. Tom lived in the Canterbury neighborhood in Dunn for many years while he traveled across the state. Knowledgeable in both pharmacy and medicine, Tom cared deeply for people’s health. In addition to medicine, Tom loved music. He played drums as a child and young adult, played the acoustic and electric guitar and electric bass as an adult, played in bands, wrote music and for a brief period in the late 1980s operated the record label, Blue Quail Records.
Tom loved Gilda and moved with her to Atlanta and then Madison, Wisconsin, to support her career in cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease research. Regardless of where he lived, there were no strangers in Tom’s life, he was engaged and interested in the feelings and beliefs of everyone that he met.
A private celebration of life service will be held for family and friends. Condolences may be posted at the following address: https://www.cremationsocietyofmadison.com/obituary/Thomas-Ray-Ennis/Madison-Wisconsin/1848928. Memorial donations can be made to Angiosarcoma Awareness Inc. (www.cureasc.org).