Levolia Ellens was born on March 11, 1934 to the late Sarah Rose and Julius Walter Ellens in Chicago, Illinois. He resided in the Englewood area many of his childhood years. He attended Shiloh Baptist Church (7050 South Racine), where he accepted Christ in his life and was baptized at an early age.
Affectionately known as Lee, he was a student in Chicago Public Schools where he attended Copernicus
Elementary School and Englewood High School. At Englewood he ran track and was enrolled in a movie class. The movie class sparked his avid interest in photography. He aspired to become a social worker. After graduation from Englewood, Lee studied at Wilson Junior College (now known as Kennedy King College). he simultaneously was enrolled at Moody Bible Institute while at Wilson Junior College. He ultimately was summoned to serve his country in the United States Army 1956-1958. While away he wrote many letters to “Ms. Wonderful” (Alice), she was the recipient of a letter every day.
On June 28, 1959 Levolia was joined in Holy Matrimony to Alice C. Rodwell. They spent fifty-nine wonderful years making lasting and loving memories. To their loving union one son, David Lee and two daughters: Debra Lynee, and Dietrice Loreen (Rennie) were born. Lee loved God, his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Lee was a civil service, worker at the Social Security Administration shortly after being honorably
discharged from the United State Army. He was a Claims Authorizer for the Social Security Administration until he retired August 1987. To keep busy after retirement, Lee drove for Ransom Bus Company and also worked at the Better Business Bureau as an arbitrator. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Simeon High School and Near North High School. He was called to become an ordained minister and
performed many wedding ceremonies. He was very influential in many peoples’ lives. He served many churches throughout various communities in Illinois and Indiana. He was a devoted member of Oakdale Covenant Church for many years. He helped with youth programs including coaching the basketball team, working with the Vacation Bible School and many other functions.
His favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 31:10-31
His health began to decline in the early 2000’s. He had a long battle with multiple health challenges. On November 18, 2018 at Little Company of Mary Hospital, he told his nurse, Carolyn that he was going home and seventy two feet away from being home. At approximately 3:25 a.m., the nurse went into his room to check on him and discovered that Lee had made his transition to his Heavenly Home to be with the Heavenly Father.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Sarah Rose and Julius Walter Ellens; sisters: Rose, Inez, Odessa, Jean and brothers: Sonny (Mary), Harold, and Nathaniel.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of fifty-nine years, Alice C. Ellens; son, David (Rosilyn);
daughters, Debra and Rennie; grandchildren: Dauntorian, Diekiylah, Adrian, Markel, Ntozake-Donne, Mykhail and Jai; Great grandchildren: Demetrius Sanders, Kaedyn Makai Ellens, Zakharri Dee Ellens; his sister, Florence Williams; brother, James Ellens; sister-in-law, Raynell Ellens; Brother-in-law, Hubert Rodwell; Sisters-in-law: Gladys Ellison, Georgia Brooks, Mary Carr, Beverly Homes, Sidney Coleman and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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