OBITUARY

Emmanuel "Dean" Ellis

January 25, 1943April 15, 2021
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Emmanuel Ellis was born in Birmingham, Alabama on January 25, 1943. He was the youngest sibling to his late parents, James Ellis and Jessie Anna Ridgeway Ellis. Throughout Dean’s entire life he had a sincere warmth in his smile. He always provided a listening ear and touched our lives with unconditional support, kindness and advice. Dean peacefully was called to rest on April 15, 2021. His memories will be with us for a lifetime and his legacy will live on through his wife, family and friends. Dean is survived by his wife: Joyce Ellis; son James Ellis; daughters, Judy Ellis-Broome, Carol Ellis, Danielle Armstead (Travis) and Mona Leanet; surrogate brother, Chuck Woods (Sylvia); brother-in-law, Larry Mannings, Sr.; sister-in-law, Shirley Redmond; grandchildren, Latasha, James Jr., Tatianna, Dwayne, Zacharie and Camerone; 10 great-grandchildren, and a wealth of nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Zacharie Allen

May 10, 2021

Papa, you were an incredible person and an even more incredible grandfather. It’s hard to put into words how much you mean to me. You made it a point to always make it to every major event I had. You always talked about watching me graduate and growing up into a man. I aspire to become the man you helped raise me to be. A man who looks out for his friends and family no matter what. You were so caring. I know you are looking over me and our entire family with that big infectious smile you always had on your face. I miss you so much and I will love you forevor❤️

Jamillah Mannings

May 6, 2021

Jamillah Mannings

May 6, 2021

Jamillah Mannings

May 6, 2021

Jamillah Mannings

May 6, 2021

As a young girl growing up in New York City, it was always a pleasant surprise when Aunt Joyce and Mr. Dean would come for an impromptu visit. What I remember most was the energy in the house always elevated a notch to include Mr. Dean's laughter and light heartedness. He always had a great stories to share and was the only guest I knew who my grandfather would allow to cook in his kitchen. My father the late Earl Mannings, and my great grandmother, the late Alberta Shephard, had a deep respect and soft spot for Mr. Dean as we all did. He will be truly missed.

Marcus Bethel

May 6, 2021

Mr Dean,
Although I have only known you for a short period of time, it feels like I've always known you through the wonderful memories shared through your daughters and the smile on their faces when they mention your name.

Enjoy your new home as we all will see you again one day!

Larry Mannings

May 6, 2021

Dean,

You have been a fixture in my life as long as I can remember. First as Mister Dean, a regal,, dapper, yet approachable grown-up from my youth. Let's not forget about the Kangol Hats and the sporty Toyota Celicas. The friendship that you and Aunt Joycee maintained was admirable and something to strive for in my life. As I grew in to adulthood, I also began to appreciate the jewels you would drop on me about life, relationships, planning à road trip, and grilling of course.

You will be missed, Love Larry.

Dwayne Jones

May 5, 2021

Grandad, I love and appreciate you so much for being a figure I can look up to. Lord knows I didnt have many. Teaching a young man, the simple values of life can go a very long way. Your lessons of consistency has been drilled into my head. You used to give me money every time I saw you, when I was younger and always exaggerated counting it out in front of me like it was big money. It was only singles. But the look on your face looking over your glasses, basically flaunting cause you knew how excited I was! It was priceless. Im sad you’re gone but i’m so happy that you’re able to finally live the everlasting life we all dream of. Enjoy your peace. Bless and watch over me please.. I love you,

DJ

Tasha Williams

May 5, 2021

Grandad no one can ever replace the time and the memories that we shared I love you so very much.you’ve done so much for me and my family, even when I was a child you were always there for me. you taught me that education was the very most important thing in life.you taught me how to always keep my head up and always stick to a plan. I love you always and you will always be remembered and truly missed love you.

You’re Granddaughter Tasha

Rudy Evans

May 5, 2021

Dean

Thanks for the talks and being there for when some timely advice was needed over the years. You will be missed.

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