ELLIS, JAMES ALBERT "JIMMY," 74, passed away May 6, 2014.
He was the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion from 1968 to 1970. Prior to his WBA championship, he worked as a sparring partner for his very close friend, Muhammad Ali.
Jimmy became a trainer for amateur and professional boxers around the world. In later years he worked for Louisville Metro Parks system. He was a longtime member of Riverview Baptist Church.
Survivors are his children, Jamesetta Wells, Inez, Mary, Sonya, James Jr. and Jeffrey Ellis (Rosa); siblings, William (Peggy), David (Gayle), Charles and Jerry Ellis (Jennifer) and Evelyn Williams (Grover); 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Sunday from 5-9 p.m. at Canaan Christian Church, 2840 Hikes Lane. Funeral services: 11 a.m. Monday also at the church. Burial: Green Meadows Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to G. C. Williams Funeral Home.
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1935 W. Broadway Louisville, KY 40203
Published in The Courier-Journal from May 9 to May 11, 2014