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David Robbins



January 20, 2019

Rev. David Robbins Ellis, 84, died Sunday, January 20, 2019, in the Springs Nursing Home at Hot Springs. Rev. Ellis was born April 10, 1934, at Rangeley, Maine, the son of Ardine G. and Mattie Robbins Ellis, In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Judith Spofford Ellis, in 1998 and by a sister, Diane Ellis. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the 1950s. He graduated from Farmington State College in Farmington, ME, and taught school in Maine and Florida until 1977 when he entered Theological Seminary at Erskine College in South Carolina. He pastored churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. He pastored Johnson Creek AR Presbyterian Church in Alleghany County and retired from Garrson Memorial AR Presbyterian Church in Bessemer City, NC. He served as the Moderator of the Virginia Presbytery as well as the Chairman of the Virginia Presbytery's ecclesiastical commission. He was a member of the Lions Club where he was the Lion of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and a former chaplain at Alleghany Regional Hospital. In his younger days he was a volunteer firefighter and had an enjoyment for reading western books and was an avid baseball fan. David was the former president of the Habitat for Humanity in Bessemer City, NC. Surviving are his Wife, Betty Lovell Ellis, of Maine; two Sons and Daughters-in-law, Tim and Melody Ellis, of Burke and Mark and Jennifer Ellis of Covington; one Daughter and Son-in-law, Leslie and Wayne Boyd, of Holden, ME; six grandchildren. Patrick Ellis, Wesley Ellis, Ashley Ellis, Stephen Boyd, Chad Boyd and Lindsay Bennett; several great grandchildren; two Brothers, Larry Ellis of Florida and Timothy Ellis of California and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A service will be conducted at a later date. The family suggests that donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimers Association; P.O.Box 96011; Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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