Kenneth Lee Ellis

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Kenneth Lee Ellis
February 18, 1925 -
October 19, 2010

ANDERSON, SC-- Kenneth "Ken" Lee Ellis, age 85, died Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at the AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Gaffney, SC on February 18, 1925, Mr. Ellis was a son of the late Woody R. Ellis and Ruth Henderson Ellis. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as First Class Quartermaster and also served in the Korean Conflict. He was a locksmith and owner of Ellis Bicycle Shop in Anderson for thirty-four years. He was a member of Pope Drive Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Choir Member and was involved in many other church activities. For the last year and a half, he also was active in the Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mr. Ellis enjoyed life- he loved people, helping others, good food and learning new things. He even enjoyed Rehab. He volunteered with many organizations, especially Hospice of the Upstate and AT&T Pioneers of America. He loved camping and traveled most of the fifty states.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Cromer Pettit Ellis; son, Wayne Ellis and his wife, DeAnne of Anderson; daughters, Gayle Ellis Wiley and her husband, Richard of Greensboro, NC and Kay Ellis Thurmond and her husband, Jimmy of Anderson; brothers, Dan C. Ellis and Thomas B. Ellis; sisters, Louise E. Griffin, Betty E. Schrimpf, and Pat E. Brown, all of Spartanburg; six grandchildren, one stepgrandchild; nine great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and many others who considered themselves as part of his family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Oliver Ellis.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at 11:00 AM at Pope Drive Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend Mack Tester and Reverend Brent Lollis. Interment will follow with Military Honors at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Friday, October 22, 2010, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Mr. Ellis will be placed in the church at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 23, 2010.
Memorials may be made to Pope Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, 2510 Pope Drive, Anderson, SC 29625 or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
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The McDougald Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2010
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