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Rodney E. Ellis

Benld 07/27/2022

Rodney E. Ellis, 73, of Benld, IL, died at his residence on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 1:25 pm. 

He was born October 5, 1948, in Brewton, AL to William E. Ellis & Corine Borders Ellis. 

He married Janet J. Knowles Ellis on January 19, 1973, in Brewton, AL. 

He was a laborer for Dial Corp.  He was a veteran of the US Navy during Vietnam.  He was a coin, gun, and lighter collector. 

He is survived by his spouse, Janet Ellis of Benld, IL, children, William E. Ellis of Benld, IL, Shawn D. Ellis of Gillespie, IL, James M. Ellis of Gillespie, IL, Jonathan S. Ellis of Gillespie, IL, Elizabeth M. Ellis of Benld, IL, Christopher T. Ellis of Gillespie, IL, grandchildren, Caleb, Annabelle, Noah, Aiden, Aleigha, Bently, Ashley, Austin, siblings, Gene Ellis, Brenda Ellis Bedsole. 

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Amanda L. Ellis, and siblings, William "Mann" Ellis, Kay Ellis Langston, and Christy Ellis. 

Friends may call on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Gillespie from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.  A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. 

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.  Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at

Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Obit Provided By:
Kravanya Funeral Home

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