Farm Animals 17

Bobby Eugene Ellis

January 13, 1936 ~ October 20, 2021 (age 85)


Bobby Eugene Ellis, age 85, of Newport, NC formally of Chatham County, left to be with our Lord on October 20, 2021.

Bobby was born in Chatham County on January 13, 1936, to the late Robert Ellis and Ozie Woody Ellis. He was also preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Tripp Ellis, two sons, Henry Donald “Donnie” Ellis, Kennie Dwayne Ellis, great-grandson, Donald Ellis Klomparens, three brothers, Robert “Buck” Ellis, Billy Ellis, Lynwood Ellis, and three sisters, Hazel Barber, Rachel Blalock, and Mamie Lois Ellis.

He grew up in a farming family and joined the Navy serving honorably until discharged in February 1963. Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming, often growing enough vegetables to feed his friends and neighbors. He was an awesome father, grandfather, and a friend to all. He served 26 years as a Lieutenant in the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department in the capacity of Chief jailer. He retired to the Crystal coast and spent his last years in Newport with his faithful little buddy “Pepper.” His door was always open to family and friends, always having a good meal cooking on the stove. Bobby and Pepper enjoyed their daily golf cart rides visiting with their neighbors. His favorite pastime was sitting on the breezeway with Pepper watching the birds, squirrels, and boat launches.

Surviving relatives include, two daughters, Cherie Sumner and husband Mike, Vicki Klomparens and husband Terry, one son, Robert Keith Glenn Ellis, daughters in law, Sharon Williams Ellis, and Patricia Brady Ellis, three sisters, Ruby Holt, Shirley Thomas, and Nancy Beal and husband Lonnie, two brothers, Obie Ellis and wife Gracie, and Walter “Dink” Ellis and wife Frances, ten grandchildren, Michael Sumner and wife Brooke, Dana Daniel and husband Paul, Jerry Sumner and wife Kim, Jacob Lee Klomparens, Aaron Blake Klomparens, Donna Zogopoulos and husband Todd, Geoffrey Alan Ellis, Amanda Lauren Ellis, Robert Damon Lee Ellis, and Shaina Mae Rose Ellis Laster, and multiple great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 6PM to 8PM at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel. A Graveside Service will be held Friday, October 29, 2021, at 11AM at Calvary Church (formerly Mt. Zion UMC) with Chaplain Rick Brooks presiding.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorial contributions to be made in Bobby’s memory to Loaves and Fishes Ministry 1730 Live Oak Street Beaufort, NC 28516.

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October 28, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Graveside Service
October 29, 2021

11:00 AM
Mt. Zion UMC
405 Mt. Zion Road
Moncure, NC 27559


Loaves and Fishes Ministry
1730 Live Oak Street, Beaufort NC 28516

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