William M. Ellis, Sr.
Born September 16, 1935
William M. Ellis, Sr., age 81, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2017.
Born in Burgin, Kentucky on September 16, 1935, Bill was the son of the late Alford C. Ellis and Christine Merriman. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Bill worked as a professional drywall installer and finisher for most of his career.
He was an avid sports fan and true autoracing enthusiast who also enjoyed working on cars in his spare time. Bill loved listening to country music. Most of all, he adored being with his family and cherished every moment he spent with them.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gwendolyn H. Ellis; sons, Ronald R. Ellis and Theodore A. Ellis; and siblings, James, Harden, Georgie, Olivia, Maxine, and Doreen. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Lynne Ellis of Elkton, MD; sons, Williams M. Ellis, Jr. of Kissimmee, FL and James A. Ellis, Sr. of Wilmington; brother, Ronald Ellis (Joyce) of Lebanon, KY; sister-in-law, Gaye Oakes of Wilmington; loving niece, Rhonda Ellis-Pepe of Wilmington; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 Noon on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A committal service will follow in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can by made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.