James E. Ellis Jr.

James E. Ellis, Jr. MT. GRETNA James Edward Ellis, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, transitioned to Heaven on Friday, May 23, 2014. His wife and children were privileged to be with him. Jim was born in Johnson City, N.Y., on May 10, 1944, to James Edward Ellis and Elizabeth Wilbur Ellis while his father was serving in Italy during WWII. He was graduated from Chattanooga High School, then worked to put himself through Tennessee Technological University. In 1967 he and Sarah Tate of Chattanooga, Tenn., were married. They were blessed with three children, Maggie, Jimmy, and John, and later with five precious grandchildren. Jim enjoyed running, biking, chopping wood, dancing with his daughter, hiking with his sons on Boy Scout trips, and fishing. Every June he and his sons fished for bass on the St. Lawrence River, a tradition started by his grandfather. Jim loved his children and felt blessed that each of them is a good person. He was a generous, responsible man who took care of his family. He was a helpful friend and neighbor and a servant of God. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Tate Ellis; daughter, Sarah Margaret Ellis Bland (John Bland) of Mechanicsville, Va.; son, James Edward Ellis III (Natalie Ellis) of Reston, Va.; son, John Stewart Ellis of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Ian and Sarah Bland of Mechanicsville, Va., and Sophia, Josephine, and James E. Ellis IV of Reston, Va.; sister, Louise E. Hawley of Broomfield, Colo.; and brother, Donald W. Ellis (Kristen Ellis) of Thompson's Station, Tenn. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; by a sister, Carolyn M. Ellis, in 1981; and by his brother-in-law, Bruce Hawley, in 2001. As a manufacturers' representative, Jim was a longtime employee of Ingredient Resource Corp. of Louisville, Ky. He thought of his IRC team as family, including Jim Ford, Steve Ford, Kevin Payne, Mark Thomas, former IRC partner Tom Biedenharn, and the late Paul Harris. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Jim's church, the Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church, on Saturday, July 12, at 1 p.m. No flowers, please. Contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the Mt. Gretna United Methodist Church, 4th St. and Boehm Ave., Mt. Gretna, PA 17064. The family wishes to thank the wonderful skilled nurses, doctors, and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, for their care for the last several years. The family also thanks GSH Hospice nurses and doctors for their compassionate care. www.rohlandfh.com

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Rohland Funeral Home, Inc.
508 Cumberland Street Lebanon, PA 17042
(717) 272-6673

Published in Lebanon Daily News on June 1, 2014