Joel Ira Ellis
AGE: 83 • Freehold
Joel Ira Ellis, 83, of Freehold, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at The Manor, Freehold Township. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and had resided in West Orange before moving to Freehold 26 years ago. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of the Korean War
and was discharged with the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
. Known to all throughout New Jersey for his service at Coronet Caterers, Irvington, Snuffy's Pantagis, Scotch Plains, the American Hotel, Freehold, and the past 12 years as "The Greeter" at Sam's Club in Freehold. His warmth, kindness, and caring was known to all. Those who met him were left with a smile, whether in their hearts or on their receipts. He will forever be loved by his family.
Surviving are his wife, Lettie Ellis; a son, Bob Ellis; a daughter and son-in-law, Ileen Ellis and Ed Stoner; and four grandchildren, Jaime Romanovskiy, Todd Stoner, Jake Ellis, and Nikki Ellis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Higgins Memorial Home, 20 Center St., Freehold. Private interment services will be held at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jersey Coast Chapter of the Red Cross, NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, 1540 West Park Ave., Ocean, NJ 07712.