Ernest Behling Ellis (MIAMI, Fla.)

MIAMI, Fla. - Dr. Ernest Behling Ellis died in his home in Miami, Florida on Sunday, July 15, 2007. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Lower Three Runs Baptist Church, Allendale County, S.C. with the Rev. Billy Mew officiating. Interment will follow in the Lower Three Runs Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Lower Three Runs Baptist Church. Mr. Ellis was the son of the late Norman Douglas and Ramelle Rice Ellis; he was born in a rural farmhouse in Martin/Millette, South Carolina. He attended Allendale Centralized High School, graduating in 1937 as valedictorian. He then attended Furman University in Greenville, S.C., graduating magna cum laude. While there he played saxophone and clarinet for the marching band and symphony orchestra. Later, he enrolled at the Medical School of South Carolina in Charleston, finishing in the top ten percent of his class. After leaving, Furman, he joined the Navy serving in WWII as a lieutenant in the Pacific Theatre, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. He is listed on the WWII Memorial as LST ship physician/LT jg rank. Dr. Ellis trained as a resident in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Va., and Jackson Memorial Hospital and the VA Hospital in Miami. He maintained a private Internal Medicine and Cardiology practice in South Miami, Fla. from 1955-2001. He was instrumental in the building of Baptist Hospital in Miami and later served as Chief of Cardiology at Baptist, Larken and South Miami Hospital. As a well-respected doctor/diagnostician, he was the oldest doctor on the staff at Baptist Hospital. Dr. Ellis devoted his life to medicine, practicing for 61 years counting his military service. He was still making house calls and reading cardiograms at age 83. Dr. Ellis had many talents and hobbies. He was an avid fisherman, still fishing alone until the age of 82. He enjoyed water skiing, duck hunting, loved animals (particularly hunting dogs even though his favorite pet was a cat named Euripedes), and gardening. He lived a full life, making many memories that he loved to talk about and enthrall any listener. He was formerly married to the late Mary Godwin Ellis. Dr. Ellis is survived by his children, Rosamond (Roz) Goudeau (Richard) of Macon, Evelyn Montague Ellis of Charlotte, N.C., and Ernest (Tad) Ellis (Cherie) and grandson, Michael Walker Creswell of Atlanta, Ga. He is survived by his loving wife, Aliette M. Ellis and her two sons and their wives, Art and Maria Ruiz and Rene and Grisel Ruiz, grandchildren, Jennifer, Michelle, Nicole and Kristina Ruiz and great grandchildren, Veronica Contreras and Nyasia Ruiz. He is also survived by his brothers, Norman Douglas Ellis, Jr. of Florence, S.C. (Martha), their three daughters and one son and Francis Earl Ellis, Sr. (Betsey) and their two sons and one daughter. Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, S.C. 29810. (803) 584-2492. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-July 17, 2007