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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Virgealia "MamaJill" Ellis remembrance


Ecclesiastes 3:  To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven:

A time to be BORN.... February 29, 1928

A time to PASS.... December 2, 2021

A time to WEEP... Loved ones who preceded Jill in death:  Parents James and Inez Looney, husband Mack Henry Ellis, and much beloved aunt Hazel Stacy.

A time to LOVE.... Seven children left to mourn her loss:

Dawnella (Tim Kyle), Robert (Carolyn), Mack (Marilyn), Michael, Bruce (Nannie), Craig (Gayle), Voncilla (Everette) Fulson.

A time to LAUGH.... Grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  

Kevin Evans, Lindsay Ellis, Erin Harrison, Mitchell Ellis, Mack Henry Ellis, Demarquez, Veshawn, Justin, Little Rah, Londyn, Monique, and Tinna Thompson (adopted daughter of Dawnella), Kahila, Mack Henry III, Kaden, Braylon, Sage and McKenna. Plus, a host of honorary children and grandchildren.

Douglass School Secretary, 1956

Douglass Teacher, 6th Grade

A time to EMBRACE.... Retired counselor and educator of Kingsport City Schools for 38 years.

Douglass and Dobyns-Bennett

Kingsport Parks and Recreation

Holston Habitat for Humanity

Bethel AME Zion Church musician 50+ years

Kingsport Junior League

2015 Inaugural Class Inductee, Kingsport City Schools Hall of Fame

Noted for her exemplary service, humility, positivity, and service as a role model for many. Jill was a shining example of what it means to be a pillar of the community.

Ecclesiasties 3:11 He hath made everything beautiful in HIS time.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Bethel AME Zion Church, 812 Mapleoak Lane, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11 AM at the Bethel AME Zion Church. Interment will follow at the VA National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at or

Professional service and care of Mrs. Virgealia "Mama Jill" Ellis and family is entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service.