Benjamin Ellis

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WILMINGTON - Dr. Benjamin Thomas Ellis, 77, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

He was born in Shelby, NC, on February 13, 1941, son of the late Bruce Herbert Ellis and Vivian Adams Ellis.

Dr. Ellis graduated from Shelby High School, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry in Shelby, NC for thirty-five years. Among many accomplishments; he was a founder of North Carolina State Bank, member of The Church of Redeemer and was a Junior Warden, and an active member of the community. He never met a stranger and made everyone happier by his wit and sense of humor.

Surviving is his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Falls Ellis; daughters, Sally Grogan and husband Steve Grogan, Beth Harry, Mary Catherine Joseph and husband William Joseph, and Cookie Rudisill and husband Blaine Rudisill; grandchildren, Ben Grogan, John Carter Grogan, Elizabeth Harry, Bishop Harry, Ellis Joseph, Vivi Joseph, Blaine Rudisill, and Catherine Rudisill; brothers, Dr. William Ellis, Col. Herb Ellis, Ret. US Army, and Edward Ellis. He was preceded in death by sisters, Joy Ellis and Ann Keeter.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Friday, December 7, 2018, at St. Andrew's On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, Wilmington, NC, with The Rev. Richard Elliott officiating. A reception at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Carolinas Bladder Cancer Fund c/o Atrium Health Foundation, 208 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28203; Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401; or St. Andrew's On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403.

The family offers special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Steve Riggs and Dr. Earl Burgess and staff of the Levine Cancer Center.

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Published in Gaston Gazette on Dec. 6, 2018