Ellis Wayne Reynolds of Granite City, Illinois was born on Friday, November 10, 1944 in Brookport, Illinois and left from this life on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at his home, at the age of 72 years. Ellis Wayne was a two pound premature baby boy at birth and was affectionately known to many as "Double Shot". Being a fighter from the very beginning, would make him a very hardworking and determined man. Ellis Wayne was united in marriage, to the love of his life, Patricia Ann Jeffords on January 11, 1969 in Brookport, Illinois and they are the proud parents of one son, Bryan Wayne. Ellis Wayne was drafted into in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He served from October 1965 to August 1967. He retired from Tower Automotive Group in 2001, after many years of dedicated service. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church and Granite City Masonic Lodge #877 A.F. & A.M. Ellis Wayne enjoyed life to the fullest; he never met a stranger and was a great story teller. He was musically inclined and he could play the trumpet, guitar and piano. He was a self-taught welder and taxidermist. One of his favorite hobbies was the ability to buy, sell and trade anything to anyone. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, camping and watching his purple Martin birds, but the greatest honor bestowed on him was being Grandy to his amazing grandchildren. Ellis Wayne was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, great uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, son-in-law and friend of many. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. Ellis Wayne is preceded in death by his father Ellis H. Reynolds; mother Flora Mae (Denson) Smith; step-mother Odell Reynolds; step-father Bernard Smith; father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles Leslie Jeffords and Rhudell (Mott) Jeffords; brother-in-law Dickey Ray Mizell and other family and friends. Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his loving wife of forty eight years Patricia Ann Reynolds of the home; one son Bryan Wayne and wife Olivia Reynolds of Glen Carbon, Illinois; four grandchildren Macey (Aaron Alexander) Reynolds, Tyler Reynolds, Austin Reynolds and Michael Pritchard; one sister Marlene and husband Linn Smith of Brookport, Illinois; one sister-in-law Sandra Sue Mizell of Granite City, Illinois; cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 5 till 7 p.m. at Irwin Chapel 3960 Maryville Rd. Granite City, Illinois. A Masonic service will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, 2017. at Irwin Chapel. The funeral service will follow with Pastor Mark Powell, officiating. Special recorded music will be "Because He Lives", "Victory in Jesus" and "I'll Fly Away". Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Metropolis Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Metropolis, Illinois with Rev. Jack Donald Russell, officiating. If desired, memorials would be appreciated to Unity Baptist Church 2500 St. Clair Ave. Granite City, Illinois 62040 or the American Cancer Society. The Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, MO and Irwin Chapel of Granite City, IL are honored to be serving the Reynolds family.
Friday, June 16th, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Irwin Chapel
Friday, June 16th, 2017 7:00pm, Irwin Chapel
Metropolis Memorial Gardens