ENNIS, WAYNE, 83, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Baptist Medical Center South in Jacksonville, where he was being treated for multiple medical challenges.
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Mr. Ennis moved to Jacksonville in 2005. Born in Green County, KY, Mr. Ennis spent his early life there. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and was stationed in Japan following the end of the war. He married Dorothy Elder in 1944.
In his early adult years, Mr. Ennis worked in manufacturing with American Standard and Bradley & Gilbert, and then turned to a career in real estate sales and educational product sales. In his decade of work before his retirement in 1993, he was a security officer for Suburban Hospital and PNC Bank.
Mr. Ennis was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. Over his lifetime, his Christian faith and active church membership and leadership was a central element of his identity. He and his family lived in various locations in Louisville and in Milltown, IN, and prior to his years with Cloverleaf Baptist Church, he was affiliated with and held leadership positions in churches near his home, including Immanuel Baptist, West Broadway Baptist, Milltown Baptist, Shawnee Baptist, and Highland Baptist.
His wife, preceded him in death in 1992.
He and Dorothy had two daughters, and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Chuck Hubbuch of Florida, and Rita Ennis and Robert Vogelsang of Maryland; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Eleanor Vogelsang. In addition to his children and grandchildren, Mr. Ennis is survived by his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Visitation is 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nunnelley Funeral Home, 4327 Taylor Blvd. A celebration of life/funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Sunday at Cloverleaf Baptist Church, 4401 Manslick Road, with visitation prior, beginning at 2 p.m. Committal will be private on Monday at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Ennis very specifically requested no flowers, but that expressions of sympathy take the form of random acts of kindness as well as donations to Cloverleaf Baptist Church, Louisville, KY (to be used for nursery and children's programs); or River Garden Hebrew Home/Wolfson Health & Aging Center, Jacksonville, FL.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2009
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