Ellis Herbert Levinson

August 20, 1928November 20, 2020

Charlotte - If our Dad, rather than his children, was writing about his life he would say it was wonderful and full. Ellis had a view of what is important in life that was simple and easy to understand. He loved his family, he believed in hard work, cherished the business he built and was always in search of the next great corned beef sandwich.

Ellis was born in Baltimore and lived there with his parents, Morris and Ann, and his younger brother, Gary until they moved to Gastonia where his father went into a partnership to open Morris Jewelers on the main corner of downtown Gastonia. Ellis grew up in Gastonia and was a proud Eagle Scout. Dad went to UNC Chapel Hill where he made lifelong friends at the TEP house. During that time, he courted Mary Ann Cohen, also from Gastonia, whom he married when Mom was 18 and Dad was 22. After Chapel Hill Dad served in the Army during the Korean War.

Ellis and Mary Ann made Charlotte their home after the Army. Following lessons learned from father Morris, he opened Ellis Jewelers in July of 1953 in downtown Concord. The business took time to build, but it became a great success. The store is thriving to this day, now owned by son Dan. Dad loved the store, he was excited to go to work every day. He made wonderful friendships in Concord and gained the respect of devoted customers who still speak about his kindness. Ellis was a leader in Concord’s Downtown Merchants Association. He worked hard to maintain the vitality of downtown Concord. There are generations of families that buy jewelry at the store because of their trust in Ellis, and now Dan. Ellis was also a co-founder and leader of the Southeastern Jewelers Association, a buying group that enabled independent jewelers throughout the Carolinas to compete with the big chains.

Ellis had a wonderful marriage to Mary Ann until her death in 1997. They loved and were proud of their daughter, Lynne Sheffer married to Morey (and grandson David married to Julie, and great- grandsons, Abe, Miles and Dean); their son, Hal married to Holly (and grandson Adam); and son, Dan married to Stacy (and grandchildren Jacob and Samantha). Ellis and Mary Ann were supportive parents, intent on giving us a clear set of values and a strong sense of independence. Our parents were fair but strict. Our friends complained about their early curfews because their parents would tell them “that’s what the Levinsons are doing”. Ellis is also survived by his loving but irreverent brother, Gary and wife Janie.

In the last 20 years Ellis became a gym regular, first at the Central YMCA and later at the Levine JCC. He made many gym friends who looked forward to his constant smile and his bright yellow workout shoes. Ellis was also a lifelong member of Temple Israel.

Ellis’ family is grateful for the special care Camille Chaplin and her wonderful team gave Ellis in the last couple of years, as well as for the nurses, staff and doctors at Aldersgate’s Asbury Center and Atrium’s Carolinas Medical Center during the last few weeks.

Due to COVID restrictions, a private family service will be held at The Hebrew Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellis’ memory could be made to The Community Free Clinic, 528 A Lake Concord Road NE, Concord, NC 28025 (; Jewish Family Services, 5007 Providence Rd. Ste 105, Charlotte, NC 28226 (; or to Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Rd., Charlotte 28226 (



  • A Private Family Service wiil be held at The Hebrew Cemetery

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Nancie Nguyen-Marynell

November 23, 2020

Dan, Lynne, David, Morey and Stacy-

So sorry to hear of Ellis’ passing. We will keep your family in our thoughts.

Nancie Nguyen-Marynell

Shira Bordoloi

November 23, 2020

Sending condolences to you and your family. From CJ, Shira, Amalia and Rami Bordoloi

Jennifer Burdeshaw

November 23, 2020

What a privilege it was to care for Mr. Levinson while he was at Asbury. Such a sweet soul with an equally sweet family. May The God of All Comfort bring you strength and provide peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Jennifer Burdeshaw, RN
Nurse Supervisor

Marsha and Bob Stickler

November 22, 2020

What a guy. What a family. A wonderful and full life indeed. Heartfelt sympathy. Marsha and Bob

Jim and Nina Wilkerson

November 22, 2020

To the Levison family:
What a kind, gentle, thoughtful and sincere man Mr. Levison was; always welcoming and ready to assist when visiting Ellis Jewelers, qualities clearly passed on to Dan. We extend our deepest condolences to your family.
Jim and Nina Wilkerson
Concord, NC

Bobbie Little

November 22, 2020

So sorry to hear about Mr. Ellis. He was such a sweet man and was wonderful to mom. Much love and prayers to you Dan and the family.

George Miffleton

November 22, 2020

Morey,Lynne,David,Dan and Stacy my condolences on loosing a family patriarch ! George Miffleton

Vickie Weant

November 22, 2020

Dan, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. We were so fortunate to have had him and his store as a downtown Concord merchant for so many years, as he was so instrumental in helping with our downtown being made what it is today. May his legacy continue to live on through his family and business.


Erika Barrier

November 21, 2020

My father purchased my mother's engagement ring from Mr. Levinson back in 1957 and David purchased mine from him in 1988. Ellis' customer service created a relationship of trust and loyalty with his customers that still exists today. He was a very good man. Please accept our condolences.

David and Erika Barrier

Cordelia Andrews

November 20, 2020

I have loved Mr. Levinson since I was a child growing up in Concord. We always felt welcome in his store. My family has bought jewelry there for many generations and Mr. Levinson was the reason we did. I was in the store today talking with Dan about his Dad and was very surprised to hear later on in the afternoon he had died. Please accept our condolences.

Greg and Cordelia Andrews


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