Racine – James D. Ellis, Sr. 83, died unexpectedly at Kenosha Memorial Hospital on Thursday, September 18, 2008. He was born on February 16, 1925 in Humboldt, Tennessee, the son of the late Roscoe Hicks and Eleanor Ellis. Mr. Ellis moved to Racine as a young man. He then began working for S.C. Johnson Wax where he was a production worker for over 30 years. Mr. Ellis was a loving family man who loved to be surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening around his home and was quite proud of his flower and vegetable gardens. Mr. Ellis was a dedicated member of the Sheridan Woods Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. He is survived by his children Claude (Lois) Thomas of Nashville, Tenn., Viola Ellis, James D. Ellis, Roscoe Ellis, Martin (Debra) Ellis, George (Rosie) Thomas all of Racine, and Barbara (Johnny) Ellis-Washington of Milwaukee; 31 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends here and in Tennessee. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Lee Ellis; 7 of his children, Vernon Thomas, Betty Williams, Diane Hines, Leamos Ellis, John Alex Ellis, and Laura Penn; and by his grandson, Shawn Ellis. Funeral services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1600 Summerset Drive, at 12 noon on Friday, September 26, 2008. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. All are invited to visit with family beginning at 11:00 a.m.