Tributes were offered by his employer, by his children and grandchildren, by his pastor. It was evident that Ellis was loved, but I knew this because I, too, knew Ellis. The man was a true Christian, one who wanted everyone he met to know Jesus too, even as he knew Him. He was a people-person. No tribute I could write could state better what was stated by Paul in his letter to the Philippians. And this passage was read by the pastor:
For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. --Philippians 1:21-24 (NRSV)
I have heard it said of many people upon their passing that they were "in a better place." Never have I heard it said of anyone for whom I was more certain than I am that Ellis is with his Lord, Jesus Christ.
Ellis S. Ellison 1932 - 2015 RIP