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James Ellis

James Harold Ellis

Sunday, November 8th, 2020
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SMSGT James H. (Jim) Ellis, 71, of Middlesex County passed away peacefully November 8, 2020 surrounded by loved ones. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Tammy Kay Ellis. Jim was born in Warwick Rhode Island on July 7, 1949 to the late Harold and Helen Lucia Ellis.

Jim joined the United States Air Force after high school and served in Vietnam flying “Blind Bat” missions over the Ho Chi Min trail. He completed numerous statewide assignments to include five years in the Special Air Missions at Andrews Air Force Base where he served as an usher at President Reagan’s 2nd inauguration. He served in Canada, Germany and several temporary assignments throughout Europe.

Jim held several jobs after retiring from the Air Force but found his true calling as a volunteer EMT and full time deputy sheriff for Middlesex County where he retired at the rank of lieutenant. At the time of his passing he was employed by Middlesex County performing maintenance for county property.

Jim loved spending time with his family and friends, cold beer, NASCAR and his New England Patriots. He had many good friends whom he also considered family and was always willing to help anyone in need. Whether it be with a tool, a couple of dollars or an inappropriate joke to brighten someone’s day. He was a bright spot in so many lives and will be forever missed, but he can always be found in the words of his favorite song, “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

Jim is survived by his sister Linda Ellis Allen (Russell) of San Antonio TX, Son David Ellis (Heather) of Newport News VA., Daughter Karen Ellis (Brian) of Newport News VA., Son Jacob Schultz (Haley) of Williamston NC., Mother-in-law Janet Kay McPherren of Mathews VA., Tracy Gaskins (Mike) of Mathews VA. Grandchildren: Destiny, Cheyenne, Emily, Sara(Bean), Alyssa, Bethany, Morgan, Kaylyn, Brayden, Dylan, Lawson and five great grandchildren. Nephews Camden, Gage, numerous cousins and many good friends to include Eric, Shawn, Ed and his little buddies Caitlyn and Skylar.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made and noted “In memory of James Ellis” to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 98 Deltaville, VA 23043
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 12:00pm
    Hampton Memorial Gardens
    155 Butler Farm Road
    HAMPTON, VA 23666
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    The previous announcement about the gathering after the graveside service has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


Donations are being accepted for: MIDDLESEX COUNTY VOLUNTEER RESCUE SQUAD INC.


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Shawn Sawyer

Posted at 07:33pm
I've served with too many to count within the Army, EMS, and Law Enforcement services. Jimmy was truly a man I loved, respected, and always enjoyed working with. Most importantly, I trusted him with my life, literally. He didn't say it, but his actions showed you he cared and valued you through his smile, laugh, and the way he greeted when you saw him. The whole family is special, and I'm privileged to be apart of it. Certainly, life will never be the same with he and Tammy gone. I certainly will never forget them. I will keep a prayer, good thought, condolence... for the family and friends. Love and hugs, Shawn

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