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Kenneth “Kenny” Ellis



Mr. Kenneth Ellis known as “Kenny” was born on May 15, 1962 in Tuskegee, Alabama to T.C. Ellis and Pauline Burton Ellis.   Kenny was a caring father to Kendra Ellis, Kenneth Lee Ellis, Kourtney Lewis, and Karmello Ellis.  Kenny and his twin Kent were the eighth and nineth oldest of their eight siblings.

Kenny was raised in Waugh, Alabama around his close and loving family.  On March 16, 1986 he married Zelma Wright in Alexander City, Alabama.  Together they shared 18 years of marriage and became parents to Kendra, Kenethia, and Lee Ellis.  In 2000 the family relocated to Columbus, Ohio.

Kenny was a hard worker owning and managing a landscaping and mechanic business.  Truly a jack of all trades.   He whole heartedly loved all of his children and was always willing to give a helping hand to others.

He was full of life and a gigantic laugh to go along with his many jokes.  Kenny’s sense of humor kept everyone smiling and laughing.  Kenny was truly loved & will be missed by family & friends.  He passed away on Friday, April 16, 2021 at his home at 5:34pm surround by his loved ones.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father T.C. Ellis; mother Pauline Burton Ellis; daughter Kenethia Ellis, sister Jennifer Jenkins, brother Earl Ellis, and nephew, Thomas Ellis, Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving daughter Kendra Ellis, son Lee(Abigayle)Ellis, daughter Kourtney Lewis, son Karmello Ellis, sisters Yvonne Lewis, Lorraine Harris, Deborah Woodson, Paulette Long, Cherly Dixon, and Matilda Mays; brothers Kent Ellis, Thomas Ellis, Wendell Ellis; Four grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.  A Gathering will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. –  11:00 A.M. at Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, 5464 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

The services will be livestreamed at  

 Wayne Morris, Minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, officiating

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

And I’m Not Here To See, If The Sun

Should Rise And Find Your Eyes All

Filled With Tears For Me.  I Wish So

Much You Wouldn’t Cry The Way

You Did Today, While Thinking Of

The Many Things We Didn’t Get To Say.

I Know How Much You Love Me ~

As Much As I Love You.  And Each

Time You Think Of Me, I Know

You Miss Me Too.  So When Tomorrow

Starts Without Me, Don’t Think

We’re Far Apart.  For Every Time

You Think Of Me ~

I’m Right Here In Your Heart.

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  • Christine Long says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Kenneth’s passing. You are all like family to me and this hit hard. Praying that our heavenly Father will keep each of you under his wings as you go through this transition and thereafter.

    Much love to each of you!

  • Stephie says:

    My condolences to you all on Kenneth’s passing. He was a wonderful soul. He big personality will be missed by so many. I think about him daily and pray for you his family, often. God knows best and we trust Him. Take comfort in knowing that he was truly loved.

  • Michael Calhoun Jr says:

    When I first heard the news I was floored. I first met Kenny back in the day and his loud, boisterous laugh instantly drew me. He would say loudly: MIKE, MIKE!!! And give me this huge hug and a hand shake that felt that I was shaking hands with a Bear!! He was a good man who would literally do anything for you and if he couldn’t he would find someone to help. To the family of Kenneth, you guys are my extended family and I love you all very much. As much as this hurts right now the pain will be supplanted by outright joy and jubilance when we see him standing tall again and that’s a promise made by Jehovah the God who cannot lie

  • Craig Curry says:

    Lee, I never had the pleasure of meeting your father but through knowing you as a friend I see where you get your humor, work ethic and love of family from. Continue to be that person. May Jehovah give you and your family the strength to get through this difficult time. Revelations 21:4

  • Wanda Ray says:

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Kenny Ellis. He was a neighbor of mine and did handyman work for me occasionally. Kenny was very pleasant and friendly and appeared to be a very caring person. May Jehovah God bless your family with comfort to help you endure during this difficult time for you. Sincerely. With much Christian Love. Wanda Ray

  • Shurl Hairston says:

    Ellis family, Khalin and I are still lost for words!!! We continue to face unforeseen circumstances that befall us all!! I am so sorry to hear about Kenny. I can still hear him with his southern talk and his hardy laugh!!!! You all are family, he most definitely became family (uncle Kenny) to Khalin!!! He will be greatly missed. Your family will continue to be in our prayers. Revelation 21:3,4 is truly around the corner, and what a joy it will be to see his smile and hear his laughter again!!! Love you all!!!

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