William Franklin (Frank) Ellis, 79, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013. He was the eldest son of the late William Calvin and Alice Meeks Ellis of Baxley, and was preceded in death by siblings, Jasper Benjamin (Jakey) Ellis, Johnny R. Ellis, and Jeanette Ellis Barnard.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Freda Caudell Ellis; son and daughter-in-law, William H. (Bill) and Kris Ellis of Stockbridge; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Brent Willis of Flowery Branch; four granddaughters: Andrea, Jennifer, Ashley and Jessica; great grandsons: Evan, Trip and Dylan; brothers: Jerry W. Ellis, of Dover, FL, Larry C. Ellis of Baxley, and James L. (Loyd) Ellis of Wagener, S.C.; sister, Linda Ellis Walls of Ambrose, GA; mother-in-law, Dovie Caudell of Lawrenceville; sisters-in-law: Juanita and husband, Virgil Clark, Rita and husband, George Jordan and Pamela Harris; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Frank served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of North Metro Baptist Church. Frank retired as a Supervisor from Georgia Power after 35 years. After retiring, his favorite pastime was gardening, and he shared his garden’s bounty with numerous friends, family members, and neighbors.
A funeral service to honor the life of Frank Ellis was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26 at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Dr. Frank Cox officiated. Interment followed in the Gwinnett Memorial Park.