James Ella’s Obituary (1936-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Ellas, James F. “Fred”

December 5, 1936 – December 14, 2021

James F. (Fred) Ellas died 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 Jamestown Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., under the direction of Rev. Dr. Jay Smith instead. The burial takes place after the funeral service in the columbarium of the church.

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

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

Most of Fred’s working life has been 33 years at AT&T. He worked at the Western Electric Plant in Columbus, Ohio for the first 25 years and was then transferred to the Guilford Center in Greensboro, NC for the last 8 years. He retired from AT&T in 1995. Brenda and Fred provided mobile meals in the Jamestown area for more than 10 years after retiring. During his lifetime he served in the First Presbyterian Church of Newark, Shady Lane Presbyterian Church of Columbus, and Jamestown Presbyterian Church of Jamestown, NC.

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

Instead of flowers, please donate to Jamestown Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends at Jamestown Presbyterian Church an hour before the memorial service at 3 p.m. All those present are asked to wear a mask.

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

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

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