Aug. 14, 1929 Kansas City Jackson County Missouri, USA
Mar. 14, 2007 Hopewell City Virginia, USA
Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Ellis Sr. (both deceased) of Kansas City , MO Spouse: Ann Estelle Lamb Ellis of Claremont, VA (deceased)
Charles Howard Ellis died at 'Riverview on the Appomattox' in Hopewell, Va. His death ended his long battle with cancer. He was a long-time resident of Claremont, VA where he and his wife made their home.
At an early age Charles confessed his belief in Christ, and joined the Saint Paul's Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO. He lived there until his adult life when he left home to attend Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.
Charles Ellis left college to join what became his passion - the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served as one of the "Monford Point" Marines. During his 29-year enlistment, Charles served in the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. He retired in 1974 with the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGYSGT) the highest rank obtained by enlisted personnel.
There were many passions in his life: God, family, the Corps, and education. Charles served very faithfully and diligently on the School Board for Surry County and was a very strong and vocal advocate of the county's educational system.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA.
Interment was at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at the Quantico National Cemetery in Quantico, Va.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of the Poole's Funeral Home, 8721 Colonial Trail East, Smithfield, VA 23430 Published in The Progress-Index from 3/15/2007 - 3/17/2007
Thanks for being a leader! Your legacy will be as one of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949, at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina. -
Geri Added: Mar. 18, 2007