James Ellas obituary (1936 – 2021) – Greensboro, North Carolina

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Ellas, James F. “Fred”

December 5, 1936 – December 14, 2021

James F. (Fred) Ellas passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Fred was born on December 5, 1936 in Newark, Ohio, the only child of the late Edward B. and Hazel M. Ellas. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Jamestown on Sunday, December 19, 2021 with Reverend Jay Smith as officiant. Interment will take place in the columbarium of the church after the memorial service.

Fred was educated at Newark Public Schools and graduated from Newark High School in 1954. He attended Ohio University and received a BSC degree in 1962. He also served during two years (9/58 to 8/60) in the army at pi. Knox. KY and served four years in the Army Reserve.

Fred married Brenda McDonald on August 19, 1961 at the Second Baptist Church in Newark. They had five sons. Their eldest son, Joey, died in 1972 at the age of nine. The survivors are Douglas of Westerville, OH; William (Andrea) of Kernersville, North Carolina; Edward N. (Cynthia) of Thomasville, North Carolina; and Gary (Corrie) from High Point, North Carolina. Fred is survived by four grandchildren, Amber, Emily-Anne, Joshua and Hannah Ellas and three great grandchildren, Shayleigh, Savannah and David Luster, III.

Most of Fred’s professional life consisted of 33 years with AT&T. The first 25 years he worked at the Western Electric Plant in Columbus, OH, then transferred to the Guilford Center in Greensboro, NC for the last 8 years. He retired from AT&T in 1995. Brenda and Fred delivered mobile meals to the Jamestown area for over 10 years after his retirement. During his lifetime he was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Newark, the Shady Lane Presbyterian Church of Columbus, and the Jamestown Presbyterian Church in Jamestown, NC.

Fred was a sports enthusiast and as Brenda said, “You can get the man out of Ohio, but you can’t get the man out of Ohio.” He was still a huge Buckeye, Reds, and Indian fan after living in North Carolina for over 30 years. When his sons were growing up he was active as a coach in the baseball organizations where they played.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Presbyterian Church in Jamestown. Family will welcome friends one hour before the 3 p.m. memorial service at Jamestown Presbyterian Church. All participants are requested to wear a mask.

Online condolences can be made at www.haneslineberryfhsedgefield.com.


Posted by Greensboro News & Record on December 17, 2021.


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