(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) The Rev. Charlie L. Ellis, 93, of Youngstown, Ohio, died Saturday, March 6, 2021.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 23, at L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 24, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with funeral services will follow.
Rev. Ellis was born Oct. 6, 1927, in Roanoke, son of Andrew and Naomi Banks Ellis. He had worked at U.S. Steel Ohio Works for 28 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was called and licensed to preach in 1958. In 1961, while still working at U.S. Steel, he was called to pastor the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church and pastored for 58 years. Rev. Ellis enjoyed playing his acoustic guitar, listening to ministry tapes, gardening and fishing. His passion was spending time with his family and cleaning / waxing his car.
He is survived by his devoted wife, the former Dollie Gunn, whom he married, July 29, 1949; seven children, Willie Ruth Dixon (Darrell), Rev. Charles F. Ellis, Willie L. Ellis, Jeanette Ellis and Amos Ellis (Aida), all of Youngstown, Bernice Ellis Moore of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Pastor Ernest Ellis (Vicki) of Campbell, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Martha Ann Kitchen; three brothers, John Henry, William and Deacon Andrew Ellis; and five sisters, Sugar B. Strickland, Ivy Joiner, Willie Mae Spence, Nannie Mae Hamilton and Emma Finney.
Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to please wear masks and observe social distancing. For the health and safety of everyone, we ask that guests do not linger at the funeral home or the church after viewing.
L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, Youngstown.