William Rays Ellis
William Rays Ellis, 62, a longtime Rockaway resident, died July 12.
Ellis was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on December 3, 1949. He lived in Rockaway for 40 years while working as a chef. Ellis was a member of I am The Way Church of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Ellis was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Fox; brother, Kenny Ellis; and sister, Tina Ellis.
He is survived by his wife, Olive Ellis; mother, Juanita Ellis; daughters, Tasha and Michelle; sons, Eric, Shante, Roger, Ramel and Isa; sisters, Mary, Brenda and Mary Ann; brothers, Charles, Reginald, Mark, Darryl, Freddie, Billy and Johnny Ray; uncle, Raymond Ellis; aunt, Jane Cannon; ten grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. Interment took place at Pinelawn Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York.