Ronnie Ernest Ellis

Born: Tue., Apr. 1, 1941
Died: Mon., Dec. 24, 2007

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Ronnie Ernest Ellis, 66, of Greensboro, GA, died Monday, December 24, 2007 at his sister''s home. Ronnie was born in Newton County on April 1, 1941 to the late Clayton Ellis and Ruth Finch Ellis. His family moved back to Greene County and he grew up on highway 15 north, later moving to White Plains. In 1988 he entered a new phase in his life when he returned to Greensboro where he was able to live independently in his own apartment at Mize Court thanks to the Little Red Schoolhouse, Gro Industries and his primary caretakers, his sisters Elaine Ellis and Laura Yearwood. Ronnie was born with learning disabilities but overcame that obstacle to live a full and happy life with family and friends. He loved working in the hayfields, feeding and milking cows and stocking store shelves. He worked all of his life with his most recent job being at The Pizza Hut where he has worked for the past 13 years. Due to health problems he retired on December 1, 2006. He was known by the people of Greene County and in other places as a capable, willing and responsible employee who cheerfully followed directions and was conscientious about any job he attempted. Ronnie has been an inspiration to so many as he has ridden his bicycle, and more recently, his little red scooter as he made his daily rounds to the post office, Greene Supply, Richard''s Auto Supply, Greensboro Full Service, Farmers Feed & Seed, Sisson''s Sales & Service, Hunter''s Drug Store and other places in town. He was a greeter on Sunday mornings at First United Methodist Church of Greensboro where he was a member and headed many a parade in Greensboro on his bicycle. He was the honorary chair for Relay for Life in 2007.

He is survived by three sisters, Elaine Ellis and husband Don of Greensboro, GA, Mary Lou Ellis and husband Gary Leach of Greensboro, GA and Laura Yearwood and husband Keith of Union Point, GA; three brothers, Billy Ellis of White Plains, GA, Lewis Ellis and wife Johnnie of Buckhead, GA and James Ellis and wife Carolyn of Mary Ester, FL; and numerous friends and other relatives. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Ellis and Curtis Ellis.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Chewning officiating. Interment will follow in the Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Ken Cawthon, David Evans, Ricky Lindsey, Herbie Thurmond, Wayne Sisson and Roger West. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Pizza Hut. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until time for the service on Thursday at the Family Life Center. The family requests that any memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Bldg Fund, 202 West Street, P.O. Box 216, Greensboro, GA 30642. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Becky Cronic
   Posted Tue December 25, 2007
Our prayers will be with all of your family during this time of sorrow. Ronnie had helped us by watering flowers several years ago at the Chamber of Commerce and I will always remember talking with him on the streets and at Pizza Hut. We will truly miss him, but know that he is in a better place.

Tony and Karen McCannon
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
Sorry to hear about ya'll loss. Just remember Ronnie is in a better place.

John Crouse
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
A wonderful person and great Methodist will be missed by all.

Calene Lindsey Noggle
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
Please know that our prayers and sympathy are with the entire family. Ronnie was a good man...He loved to "cut-up" with Danny, and was the first person knocking on my door the morning after Danny died. He came in holding a bag of sausage biscuits, sat down at my kitchen table with my family and talked to me. His act of kindness touched my heart and comforted me like none other and I will never forget it. We loved him. Ronnie taught this whole town that "you never give up...no matter what".He will be missed greatly.

RICK AND TOMMI WARD
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
To Ronnie's loving sisters, we send our sympathies and love. You are very special people and will have stars in your crowns when you get to Heaven for all the care and love you gave Ronnie.

William Poole
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
Greensborro has had few legends, one being Ronnie! He was just a kid when I left Greensboro in 1951, but I knew of his courageous overcoming tremendous odds where others would have given up. My condolences to the family, especially Elaine and Lara.

Laura Thomas Brown
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
I know the Pizza Hut lunch bunch was there to greet him on the other side! He was always so sweet to my mother and she always asked about him. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Joan Dunagan
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
I wish to extend my condolences to you and your family at this sad time. May God bless you and yours.

William Douglas Finch
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
I wish I could be with the family this sad day, but I will be with you in spirit. A wonderful life has gone. He made the world a better place to live. God Bless

Tammy Anderson
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Every time I saw him he always had a smile on his face.

Brenda Lindsey
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you in his tender care during your loss. Brenda Lindsey and family

Brian and Pam Vaughn
   Posted Wed December 26, 2007
We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Ronnie. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Laura and Elaine, may God truly Bless you for your love and kindness shown to your brother. He will be missed by all that knew him.

KEN ELAINE TUCKER & SARA WEST
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Ronnie's smile will be greatly missed!

VICTOR AND TERRIE GARCIA
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
TO LAURA AND ALL THE FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. YOU ALL ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MR. RONNIE WILL SURLY BE MISSED AROUND GREENSBORO IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.

Lindsay Lipscomb
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
My most sincere sympathies to all of the family. Ronnie was an inspiration to many, many people and will live in our hearts forever. God bless you during this difficult time. My love, Lindsay

Deanna Klein
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
Our family will miss Ronnie. He was an inspiration to us all. He was a faithful, cheerful, humble servant of God and we have learned from him. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Paige Hubbard
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of great loss. Mr. Ronnie was a very special person, he will be greatly missed. Greensboro will never be the same without him. May God bless and keep you in this time difficult time. With deepest sympanthy, Paige, Brian, Justin and Phillip.

David and Jeanie Ashley
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
We were both deeply saddened to hear of Ronnie's passing. He was a good friend with a kind heart and a sweet soul. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Todd, Julie, & Lily Beth Copelan
   Posted Thu December 27, 2007
Ronnie loved and was loved by so many... church hasn't been the same without his cheerful greetings. His life blessed us. You all have been and continue to be in our prayers. May God's peace bring you the comfort that only He can provide.

Donald Johnson
   Posted Fri December 28, 2007
Our thought and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Don and Janette Johnson. Charlie and Marion's son.

Kathy H. Channell
   Posted Fri December 28, 2007
I was so sorry to hear Ronnie had passed away. I thought alot of him, he was aways cheerful and met you with a smile. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Patricia Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Sat December 29, 2007
Elaine and family, please accept my sincere sympathies in the loss of your brother Ronnie. He was very fortunate and blessed to have family like you. Although I did not know him, I know by reading all the condolences, that he indeed was a very special person and will be missed by many. May God be especially close to you during this sad time.

Jan Hallman
   Posted Sat December 29, 2007
To The Family of Ronnie Ellis, Ronnie was an inspiration to all of us. He will be greatly missed. We all will miss seeing him ride his bicycle in Greensboro. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jan and David Hallman, Josh and Robert

Bob and Nancy Stevens
   Posted Sat December 29, 2007
What a pure example of Christ's servanthood on earth! Our loss is heaven's gain. Love and sympathy to all of Ronnie's family.

Judy Satterfield Nichols
   Posted Sun December 30, 2007
Elaine & family, I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. Please accept my sincere sympathies. You and your family are in my prayers. He was a special person.

Tony, Lori, Ivy & Zach Smith
   Posted Wed January 02, 2008
We were deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Ronnie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mr. Ronnie was a true friend and inspiration to all that knew him. He will be greatly missed. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories.

Dolores Hardy
   Posted Sun January 06, 2008
I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Ronnie has passed away. He was a very nice man. You all are in my prayers.

Peggy, Don and Donald Law
   Posted Thu January 10, 2008
Dear Elaine and Family, Know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers as you mourn the death and celebrate the life of dear Mr. Ronnie. He was such a bright spirit. His delightful greetings always cheered the soul. Greensboro will never quite be the same without his presence. We will all miss him. What a blessing to have known him. love, Peggy, Don and most especially, little Donald.

Ashley Davis Waldrep
   Posted Fri January 11, 2008
Dear Elaine and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ronnie. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the hands of the Lord to guide and strenghthen you in this time. What a great blessing that is now gone.