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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.

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  • I’m going to miss you daddy I hope you and Mom are dancing and catching up you were great parents tell Ronnie and Teddy I miss them I will Carry you In my heart forever love you you’re daughter Lynne

  • Bill was like a father to me when I was in my turbulent teens, he gave me a job and taught me a trade when nobody else would give me the time of day.I know I caused them alot of grief but yet they were always their for me. I am genuinely saddened by his passing. I will forever remember Billy for his strength and for helping me to develop the strong work ethic I now posses. With a heavy heart, thank you Billy. Tom Pechickjian, Los Angeles, California.

  • Thank you Tom we loved you your part of my family always thank you for your kind words I love you

  • Dear Lynne and Jimmy and family i am so sorry about your dad (pop to me). when we became friends our parents became friends then our children became friends. not only were we friends but then we all became family including brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews and all. my parents and your mom had already left us so now they are all back together as it should be and your parents are with the children that had already gone ahead of us. i love you all terri

  • My deepest sympathy to “Uncle Bill’s” family & friends. I’ll sincerely miss him.

  • I never had a sister until I meet Terri McNeely you are one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life I don’t know what I would do without you I never want to find out I love you so much I know you are always there no matter what I’m so glad you came into my life and I never want to lose you we are family forever

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