In memoriam: Everett Wayne Ellis, Airline Services | VTX

Wayne Ellis, retired Virginia Tech Air Transportation Services pilot and beloved friend, died April 20.

Everett Wayne Ellis was born on August 20, 1943, to William Bryce and Nellie Rose Spangler Ellis in Sinks Grove, West Virginia.

Ellis graduated from Union High School in Union, West Virginia. He attended Concord College on a baseball scholarship.

He had a successful and storied career in air travel. Prior to his retirement, Ellis was a pilot for Virginia Tech Air Transportation Services, where he provided premier flights for members of the college community. Ellis also flew crop dusters in central Virginia and was a flight instructor.

Ellis’ life was dedicated to the service of others. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves and a United Methodist pastor dedicated to nine churches in the Sinks Grove, West Virginia area. Ellis was also the sponsor of many members of the Alcoholics Anonymous program.

He was known for his talent and his love for music, philosophy, ethics and politics. Ellis enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time at Smith Mountain Lake. When he retired, he worked on the restoration of a boat.

Ellis is survived by his children Gary Hurt, Anne Hearp, Brian Ellis and David Ellis; longtime partner, Tracey Palame; ex-wife, Anna Ellis; and several grandchildren, nieces and great-grandchildren.

Ellis is predeceased by his parents; brother, Howard “Sonny” Ellis; and his sister, Mary Jo “JoJo” Ellis.

Ellis’ full obituary is available online.

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