Albert Ellis


The Rev. Albert Ellis, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at his home, with his wife by his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Asbury and Emiline Ellis; his first wife of 38 years, Betty Martin Ellis, who was the mother of his children; a daughter, Eva Woody; three brothers: Gary Ellis, Frank Ellis and Tom Ellis; and two sisters, Renee Carden and Edith Bullard.

He had served as pastor of the Benton Pike House of Prayer Church for 56 years. The church and living for the Lord were his life. He served as pastor in Athens for several years. His first mission trip was to the Bahamas in the 1960s. He traveled to Jerusalem in the 1970s, and he also went to Trinidad, Jamaica and Haiti. He has held revivals in churches, auditoriums and tents.

He has ministered in Georgia, Alabama, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Arizona. He also visited Indian reservations in Arizona.

He is survived by his present wife of 22 years, Barbara Ellis; a very special daughter, Ava Ellis; his twin brother, Alvin Ellis, and wife, Hazel, of Etowah; son-in-law, Dwayne Woody, of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his church members, who he loved and considered his family. Some have been with him for 50-plus years, including Roy and Sandra Prock.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted tonight, Sept. 13, 2017, at 7 at the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Chapel, with the Revs. Billy Fox and Alvin Ellis, and Bros. Roger Marsh and Eddie Scott, officiating.

Graveside service and interment will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m., from Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Lynn Ellis, Dwayne Woody, Marshall Radford, Tim Prock, Keith Prock and the Rev. Blake Fowler serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends from 3 to the service time of 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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