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NORTH POWNAL -- James Douglas Ellis, 80, a long-time resident of East Middlebury and North Pownal, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 at the Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Oct. 1, 1923 in Billerica, Mass. He was the son of the late Joseph Warren and Gladys Mae (Howe) Ellis. James attended the Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass. He married the former Ora Ethelyn Harris on Feb. 6, 1952.

James was employed by his father, who owned the Addison County Gas Service and later took over the operation of that business. He later started his own company, C&S Gas Co., which he continued until the time of his retirement.

He had a love for the sport of baseball and made a name for himself playing in the minor leagues in Massachusetts. He was a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox until World War II when in May of 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. James spent three and a half years in the South Pacific seeing action at both Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He was a member of the Masons and the American Legion Post 27 in Middlebury and Post 90 in Pownal.

Survivors include his four daughters and their spouses, Linda and Kenneth Babbit of Salisbury, Shirley and Greg Smela of Boonsboro, Md., Candace and Michael Torrey of Addison, and Muriel and Lowell Landis of Washington; three grandchildren, Nathan Palmer, Wendy Torrey, and Jennifer Smela; a sister, Jean Holdman of Albuquerque, N.M., and a very dear friend and companion, Gladys Hall of North Pownal.

He was predeceased by his wife Ora Ethelyn Ellis; a brother, Robert Warren Ellis; two sisters, Shirley Ellis, who died at three months of age, and Joanne Ellis who died at birth.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003 at noon with the Rev. Gary Rogers of the North Pownal Congregational Church officiating.

The burial with military honors will take place in the family lot in the North Pownal Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Contributions in memory of Mr. James Douglas Ellis may be made to the Vermont Lung Association through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 17, 2003
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