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James Arthur Ellis, 88, passed away January 12, 2022 at Sanford Health and Rehab in Sanford, NC.
He was born in Chatham County, NC April 9, 1933 to the late John and Edna Johnson Ellis.
James worked at J.M. Odell Mfg. Company, until its closing and he retired from the Chatham County Schools Maintenance Department. He liked nothing better than being outdoors, hunting, fishing or just spending time in nature. He loved to dance with Square and Line dancing being his favorites. James also was a founding member of the East Chatham Baseball Association.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Lou Ellis; six brothers, Cleodis Ellis, Willie Ellis, Will Rose Ellis, George Ellis, Grady Ellis and Gilbert Ellis; and four sisters, Faydine Tisdale, Etta Mae Mann, Margaret Oakley and Annie Ring; and son-in-law, Larry "Red" Lindley.
Survivors include, his wife, Joyce Harris of Sanford, his daughter, Dolly Lindley; his sons, James Ellis Jr. (Dawn), Timothy Ellis (Rita), John Ellis (Beth); seven grandsons, Jeremy Lindley, James Ellis, Josh Ellis, Matt Ellis, Nolan Ellis, Nathan Ellis and Nicholas Ellis; his granddaughter, Ashley Williams; four great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters; stepdaughters, Karen Cameron (Chad) and Kathy Yow (Danny); three step-grandsons and 2 step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandson; and his brother, Burnice Ellis of Bynum, NC
A Graveside Service is tentatively scheduled for 1:00PM Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Bynum UMC Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Elmore and Rev. Bob Wachs officiating.
A Memorial Tree was planted for James
We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Donaldson Funeral Home
Saturday January 15, 2022 1:00 PM Bynum UMC Cemetery Us 15-501 N. Pittsboro, NC 27312