JB Ellis

October 1, 1948March 17, 2013
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New Bern, NC

JB Ellis, 64, of New Bern, passed away March 17, 2013 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

JB is survived by his wife of 40 years, Donna Moore Ellis, three sons, Chris Ellis and wife Cheryl of Appomattox, VA; Mike Ellis of New Bern; David Ellis of Bellevue, WA; two brothers, Pete Ellis of Ernul; John Ellis of Vanceboro; three sisters, Sylvia Jones of Richmond, VA; Vivian Fornes of Ernul; Tiny Shine of W. Columbia, SC; and two grandsons, Matthew and Joshua Ellis.

He served our country in the U.S. Navy. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service most of his life, and he was a minister for many years. He was a member of Pleasant Acres FWB Church. JB was a Duke, NY Yankees and Carolina Panthers fan. He enjoyed golf, history, and spending time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Ellis, two brothers, Leland and Linwood Ellis, a sister, Lois Ellis and a granddaughter, Amanda Ellis.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Cotten Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the funeral home with Rev. Scott Coghill and Rev. Kenneth Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made to the Ellis family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Debbie Beasley

May 9, 2013

I am so so sorry to hear of Pastor Ellis passing. I used to attend his church in Jacksonville years ago. Ms. Donna I am not sure you remember me but your family made a huge impact on me while I attended CFWB. I was expecting at the time and now my girl is 25 yrs old. So it was a very long time ago, but I am thankful for the wonderful testimony Pastor Ellis had.

Kathie Brinkley

March 30, 2013

Donna I just read of JB passing. I am so sorry for your loss but pray that you and the boys find comfort in his memories.

Kay M.Fitzgerald

March 22, 2013

Donna& family ,my heart goes out to you in your loss,Treasure the memories.It's hard ,but you will get thru this ,Our God is powerful & will lift you up , when you think you can not do it .God will give you the strength ,you need to carry on., your old friend Kay Mills Fitzgerald

Johnette Burroughs Jones

March 20, 2013

Dear Donna,
I am so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I loved to hear JB preach and so did mother. He told it the way the Lord intended for it to be done. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

Rick and Tina Gurganus Cayton

March 20, 2013

My dear friend Donna,
I am so sorry for the lost of your soul mate. The last time we saw each other we talked and talked and I could tell how much in love you were with J.B. You were truly blessed with many years together in your earthly journey. The greatest journey is yet to come. J.B. has already made his journey and one day we will make ours. What a celebration and comfort to know your loved one is safe within the arms of God. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Billy and Betty Willis

March 20, 2013

Donna, Chris, Mike, and David please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. J.B. will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our consolation is that he is now resting with Jesus in Gloryland! Love and Hugs to all of you.

Christine Smith Barnes

March 19, 2013

I just saw the obit for J.B.. You two were truly blest when you found each other. Both were always so willing to help anyone on life's way. You were always a friend to me. Donna hold those memories close to you. One day we will be reunited with the one's gone on ahead and what a glorious day that will be.

Robert Lunaas

March 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the love and support of your friends and in the memories of a life well lived, as you entrust your loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend into the tender embrace of God. Robert D Lunaas Jr and Mrs. Elizabeth Lunaas

March 19, 2013

Ms. Donna and boys, so sorry for the passing of Mr. J.B. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Carli, James & Seth Sutton (Cove City, NC)

Vicki Gillis

March 19, 2013

Donna and boys,
I am so sorry to hear of JB's passing. I am so happy though, that he is in the Arms of our Lord. He was a wonderful man and had a tremendous impact on my life; one I will never forget and will forever be grateful for. My heart aches for you, but also rejoices with you.
Love and Prayers.