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Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Adam Wayne Ellis

May 18, 1985December 19, 2019

Adam Wayne Ellis: Sunrise May 18, 1985, Knoxville, TN-Sunset December 19, 2019, Chicago, IL. Adam’s glow was extinguished far too short of his vast talents and aspirations by his persistent battle with addiction. Earthly struggles are over now as he’s dancing in the sky & singing in the Angel’s choir. His unforgettable caring, kind, loving, and gentle soul will forever remain brightly shining in our hearts. Awaiting his arrival in Heaven was mother and step-father, David & Denise Kivett Ellis-Smith; grandparents, Clyde & Margie Ellis; great-grandmother, Callie Land; uncles, Samuel Kivett, Dennis Gregory Ellis, and James Graham. Left to carry his memories are: father, Ricky Wayne (Kathy) Ellis; brothers, Ricky Aaron Ellis and Wesley (AnnaLee) Howard; sister, Victoria Ellis (Joseph) Edwards; grandparents, Talbert & Barbara Kivett; uncles, Jason (Sabrina) Kivett, Steve Ellis, Mike Ellis, and Glen Franklin; aunts, Vickie Carr, Ritta Graham (Steven) Mullins and Patricia (Danelo) Villegas; many beloved, cousins, nieces & nephews; special friends, Michael Landon of Knoxville and Heather Johnson & Art Kerbs of Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Adam’s memory to TN School for the Deaf, Mobile Meals, or Humane Society of the TN Valley. A gathering for family and friends will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm with Celebration of Life Memorial at 3:30 pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home.

Services

19 January

Gathering of Family and Friends

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home

2300 W. Adair Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

19 January

Celebration of Life

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home

2300 W. Adair Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

Memories

Adam Wayne Ellis

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Heather Johnson

January 14, 2020

Adam was the best boyfriend and partner in adventures I could ever ask for when he wasn't tormented by the demons of his addiction. We moved from Knoxville to Chicago together, went to see the Nashville Predators play the Chicago Blackhawks, we laughed as we watched and rooted for the Tennessee Volunteers football games in a bar dedicated to playing only Crimson Tide games. I'll never forget how tickled we were when we saw the Vols beat the Tide in that bar the day of the Music Bowl. We often went to the zoo together and always packed a picnic to enjoy with one another. Adam loved to see the penguins there, and the red wolves (when they were out). I'll never forget taking him to an aquatic show at the aquarium for his birthday, a crate opened up and 3 lil penguins walked right in front of us a mere couple feet from Adam. The smile on his face and excitement in his voice will live with me forever. He was my world, and my life revolved around trying to keep Adam sober, which I was intermittently successful at. They say you cannot help anyone who doesn't want to help themselves, and Adam taught me that lesson. But, I also discovered with Adam, I loved a man unconditionally and fully without regard of my own well being or anything like that, as I always wanted to see him happy. Adam was a remarkable man, he will always remain in my heart, and his memory will forever live on with every soul he touched.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY