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Wendell Obituary

November 24, 1922 — October 31, 2013

Wendell Leroy Ellis, 90, of Lenoir City, passed peacefully on October 31. He was born November 24, 1922 in Alva, KY to R.W. and Nora Ellis. He was the oldest son of eight children. The family moved to Lenoir City in 1941. He served in the Navy during 1942-43. He was a retired millwright from the Oak Ridge Y-12 plant.
Leroy was married to the love of his life Mary Jo Newman Ellis. They enjoyed 66 years together. Mary Jo preceded him in death by only five days. He is survived by his children: Yvonne Hart of Oak Ridge, Darlene Smith of Morristown, Tonya Brashears and Wendell Ellis of Lenoir City, his brother Claude Ellis of Huntsville, AL, sisters Wanda Ross and Ernestine Blanton of Lenoir City, Irmagene Wakefield of Marietta, GA. He was preceded in death by his sisters Thelma Hill, Ailene Preston, Sharon Ellis and brother Dan Ellis all of Lenoir City. Leroy and Mary Jo have eleven grand-children and 8 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Sixth Ave Church of God in Lenoir City on Sunday, November 3rd, from 5-7 and a celebration service from 7-8PM officiated by Dr. Ernie Varner and the Rev. Charles Fritts. A graveside service will be November 4th at 11AM at the Lakeview Cemetery officiated by the Reverend James C. Bandy.
The family requests In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sixth Avenue Church of God.



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