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October 27, 1976 – March 8, 2023

Our hearts were deeply saddened, and our lives forever changed when our Lord God called our loved one home on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Steven J. Ellis, 46, affectionately known as “Pete”, of Prince George, VA, completed his earthly assignment peacefully at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, VA following a short illness.  He was surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Pete believed in the Lord, and all His wonders, and was a dedicated member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Prince George, VA.  He was educated in the Hopewell Public School System, graduating from Hopewell High School in 1996.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Ellis and Rose Washington. He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 21 years, Melissa Ellis; sons, D’Mari and Dha’Kai Ellis; sister, Sandra Washington; brother, Charlie Washington; one uncle; four nieces; three nephews; nine great-nieces; eight great-nephews; two great-great nieces; and a host of other relatives, co-workers, and friends.

As a student, Pete played football, and his love of the game showed through his love of the Washington Commanders (Redskins).  He also loved basketball and was an avid Duke fan.  Pete volunteered as both a head coach and assistant coach for football and baseball with the Prince George Recreation Department.

Pete will be remembered fondly for his kindness, gentle spirit, selflessness, and his caring heart by all who knew and loved him, but especially by his wife and children, whose lives have been forever impacted by this great loss.  He displayed amazing perseverance and strength throughout his illness and this eternal rest is greatly deserved.

The family wishes to voice their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and support staff of TriCities Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church family, and Managing Staff at Hill Phoenix.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 4405 Prince George Drive, Prince George, VA, Reverend F. Lamont Gooding, Pastor, eulogist.

J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, VA, (804) 732-8911,