Keith Ellis

Keith Ellis Newspaper

Keith D. Ellis, age 56, was born March 2, 1964 in Murfreesboro, TN to his proud parents, Bobby R. and Barbara D. Ellis. Keith departed his life on May 14, 2020 at his residence.

He graduated from Marion-Franklin High school and completed the Electrical apprentice program through the Southeast Career Center. He continued his electrical training while working in the electrical trade for most of his career. In recent years up to his passing Keith was working for I.B.A Support Services, Inc. as a Home Care aide for his long-time friend, which he enjoyed very much.

Keith enjoyed life to the upmost, was a very caring and generous man to all who knew him. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid sports fan especially The Ohio State Buckeyes, loved being on the Barbeque grill and frying fresh fish, enjoyed any celebrations with family and friends, and had a great interest in nice cars.

Keith D. Ellis is preceded in death by his cherished mother, Barbara D. Ellis, grandmothers Anna Mary Minter and Addie D. Puckett along with several other relatives and friends.

Keith leaves to cherish his memory: loving wife of over 32 years Terri (Thornton) Ellis, beloved son Desmond Keith Ellis, grandson Desmond Keith Ellis Jr., proclaimed daughter and grandson’s mother Cimeone Starling, loving father Bobby R. Ellis, brothers Christopher Ellis, Marvin Ellis, Rodney T. Ellis, step-brother’s Ray Howell and Shawn Fairfax, mother-in-law Dovie Thornton, sister-in-law Lisa Billingsley (Ronnie), brother-in-law Dexter Thornton, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. Special relatives and friends: Maya, Antoine, Purity, Fred, Bubba, Troy, Tony, Bo Peep, Little Tom, Chris, Keith, Shaun and a host of other close friends and family.

Private services Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, May 23, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. A mask is mandatory for the service

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM.

Condolence Messages

  1. So sorry for your loss…

    From: The McClain Family

  2. Vanessa R. Birdsall-Russell

    Words are never adequate in moments like these. May God’s peace be with you and may the gentle presence of friends, caring love of family help comfort you.
    With My Deepest Sympathy

  3. My deepest condolences to your family.

  4. My Condolences to the Ellis family Keith was an awesome person and friend he will be deeply missed but never forgotten my prayers go out to Bobby and family you all will be in my prayers much love to you all.

  5. Andrea J. Barrett

    Terri and Family: Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. When Keith left earth, he immediately travelled to Heaven. Your hearts are heavy now, but the pain will lessen one day. Remember all of the fun times you shared. Those memories will comfort you when you feel like you can’t go on. Lean on family and friends for strength. May God continue to bless and keep you in His Precious Care. I am praying mightily for you during this time.

  6. Charlie Ellis

    Mrs.Terri – I am sending my prayers and love to you and your family during this time. May God continue to comfort you like never before.

  7. Terri, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  8. Richard Lewis

    Dear Ellis family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you!
    Richard Lewis and Family

  9. Cousin Craig Dickerson from Virginia

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  10. Tonya Smith Johnson

    Terri Ellis and family, So very sorry for your loss. I hope you receive some comfort in the words that has been bestowed upon you at this time. Your family is in my prayers.

  11. Doc,
    My condolences go out to you and your family during these tumultuous times. I hope that you find some solace in all of the memories that you have.


  13. Roderick McCoy and Family

    To the entire Ellis Family
    Our condolences and prayers for your loss….
    Rest in eternal peace cuzzy

  14. James & Beatrice

    May the God of love carry you through and bring peace in your heart.
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

  15. LaCheryll Besteda

    My deepest condolences goes out to you and your family, so sorry for your loss, and prayers for strength through this difficult time

  16. Saundra Simpson

    Terry and Family GOD loves and will forever be with you. I love you too. Saundra

  17. carole darling

    To Terri and Family
    Our Prayers And Condolence, Are With You And The Family. May God Comfort You In Your Loss.
    Carol Darling (Auntie)
    Dayna(faith) Harris (Cousin)
    John Darling JR (cousin)

  18. Karr'yen Jones

    My deepest condolences and sympathy to you Bobby R. Ellis and family in the loss of your son Keith. Praying for his wife and the entire Ellis family. Treasure the many memories to hopefully find some comfort during this time. ~Ms Moe~

  19. Michelle Watson


    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had the words to say that would would take away your grief and pain. May GOD be with you and your family during this time. Peace and Blessings to you.

    Michelle Watson

  20. Michelle Watson

    I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had the words to say that would take away your grief and pain. May GOD be with you and your family during this time. Peace and Blessings to you.

    Michelle Watson

  21. Amy M Williams

    Ellis Family,
    Keith was so wonderful working for IBA and he is sorely missed. Our most heartfelt condolences to your family. His absence will be felt daily….

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