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Archie "Brown" Ellis, Jr.June 2, 1931 ~ November 7, 2017 (age 86)
Deacon Archie "Brown" Ellis, Jr. was born June 2, 1931 to Addie Lee (Cunningham) and Archie Ellis in Hazen, Alabama. On Tuesday morning, November 7, 1931, he heard these words spoken softly in his ear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant. You can now come and take your rest."
Archie received his secondary education in Brent, Alabama. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country for four years during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge on April 23, 1955. After he was discharged from the service he relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana and worked various jobs before obtaining employment at B.F. Goodrich in Woodburn, Indiana. He retired after more than 25 years of service. He was recognized for having perfect attendance for many of those years.
On May 10, 1960 he started his walk with the Lord and was baptized by Pastor Emeritus Calvin Howell, Sr. He served faithfully in many capacities while at Providence Missionary Baptist Church for 50 years. He also served under Pastor Maurice L. King, Sr. for 10 years and was a chartered member of Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. He continued his faithful service as a deacon, choir member, finance ministry and attending Sunday School and Bible study.
In 1966, he was united in holy matrimony to Kerry Lee Smith.
Archie was blessed with a wonderful baritone singing voice. He loved lifting up songs of praises unto God. He sanf with the Indiana Jublilee Quartet Group for several years, before joining with the Blevins Sisters and Company Quartet Group. He traveled all over Indiana and surrounding states for approximately 30 years with the Blevins Sister. Now he is singing somewhere around the throne.
He leaves to cherish his legacy and rejoice over a life well spent, his loving wife of 51 years, Kerry L. Ellis whom he adored; sons, Jesse (Sherry) Ellis, Alfred Ellis, Birrel Keith (Bonnie) Ellis and Vincent Jawahn (Lynell) Ellis; daughters, Brenda Ellis, Jeanette Ellis, Linda Ellis, Ruthie Jean (Corey) Ellis, Henrietta Cheeks, Barbara (Grady) Anderson, Darnell Hayes and Faye Smith; brothers, Franklin Ellis; sisters, Lucille Roger and Wilma Grey; sister-in-laws, Florida Goree, Lizzie Church, Nellie Hicks, Oddie Bowley, Johnnie Smith, Minnie (Willie) Gates, Emma Ellis, Audery Jean Ellis and Phyllis Ellis; 43 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren, 21 great great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Waiting over in glory to welcome him home are his daughters, Cathy Ann Ellis and Ovetta Jones, parents, Archie and Addie Ellis, grandsons, Aaron Ellis, Daron Causey and Jawahn Michael Ellis; granddaughter, Sharon Jones; brothers, Hursey C. Ellis, John H. Morris, Jesse J. James ad Joe Ellis; sisters, Savannah Thomas, Lena Griffin, Mary Harrell, Angie Ellis, Johnnie Gibson and Catherine Hasberry.
Burial in Highland Park Cemetery