OBITUARY

Kenneth "Papa" Darnell Ellis

July 24, 1928January 4, 2021
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Kenneth Darnell Ellis, 92, of Rustburg passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at his residence. He was the husband of the late Mary Ellis.

Born in Franklin County, Virginia on July 24, 1928 he was a son of the late John Ellis and Annie Belle Ellis He retired from Lynchburg Foundry, was a member of New Chapel Baptist Church and loved gardening. Kenneth was a strong Christian man who helped many people to Christ.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia; two sons, Harvey and Ray.

Kenneth is survived by his children, Paula Bagby of Lynchburg, Rocky Allen and his wife Beverly of Rustburg, and Roy Ellis and his wife Aletha of Lynchburg; two sisters, Mae Martin of Moneta and Marie Blackwelder of Bedford; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, seven great great-grandchildren; and his cat Tom who he loved dearly.

A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 am Monday, January 11, 2021 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Tim Dooley officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour before the service starting at 10:00 am at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. The service will be livestreamed via Facebook through Whitten's Facebook page. www.facebook.com/WhittenFuneralHome.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kenneth Ellis, Active Pallbearer
  • Grant Seale, Active Pallbearer
  • Wayne Tweedy, Active Pallbearer
  • Stuart Wilson , Active Pallbearer
  • Kevin Lakes, Active Pallbearer
  • Matthew Williams , Active Pallbearer
  • Peyton Williams, Jr. , Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation prior to the Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 11, 2021

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Tim Dooley

January 10, 2021

Mr. Ellis (PAPA)) was a man that I enjoyed to visit as his pastor and just talk and we had some great spiritual discussions. He was Spirit filled man with a desire for others to be saved. I know his family will miss him, His church and the world has lost a precious soul but heaven has a new resident for eternity. Love you and will see you one day in glory land!

Pastor Tim Dooley Sr.
New Chapel Baptist Church
Rustburg, VA.

Pastor E. Wayne Hudson

January 8, 2021

Brother Ellis was a godly man, and a godly mentor. I will always cherish the times we spent together on visitation. Mr. and Mrs. Eli's were faithful in their service to the Lord for many years at Calvary Cross Baptist Church. Well done thy good and faithful servant.
E. Wayne Hudson, Pastor
Calvary Cross Baptist Church
Titus 2:13

Jerry Brooks

January 7, 2021

I am one of those boys way back in the early 70's when Bro.Ellis was teaching us Sunday school lesson's in a bus divided by plywood and his wife Mary was teaching the girls on Campbell Ave. Church was Calvary Cross Baptist Church. His teaching has always stuck to my mind and heart and eventually led me to Christ. I will surely miss him, he was funny as well as a wonderful Christian man. I'm sure he will have many Crowns.

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