HAMPTON - Phillip Ellis, born May 30, 1954, lost his battle with cancer on July 14, 2013 at the age of 59. Phillip grew up traveling with his military family before joining the Air force in 1973 where he specialized in explosive ordinance disposal. After leaving the Air force in 1982, Phillip worked in civil service as a computer programmer before joining the private sector doing the same. In his free time he enjoyed walking the beach and discussing history and politics with his family. Phillip is survived by his mother Mary Ellis, sister Stacey Franklin, brother Brian Ellis, son Matthew Ellis, and daughter Megan Crotts.