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Chip's Obituary - Published: Richmond Times Dispatch - May 28, 2006  

Allen Richard Ellis III

 Allen Richard Ellis III, 18, known to family, loved ones and friends as "Chip", passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2006. Chip was born on June 15, 1987 in Naples, Florida, and was set to graduate from Midlothian High School on June 14, before he met an untimely death. Chip's life was filled with bright dreams for the future. Those plans included working at Robious Sports and Fitness Center and attending John Tyler Community College this fall. Chip was a thoughtful young man with a deep love for his family. At the Midlothian Family YMCA, he was active in many programs, having volunteered more than 550 hours. He especially loved working with children. Chip helped start the Midlothian Branch Leader's Club, a group for teens that cultivates leadership and volunteerism. Chip was a five-year Leader, having been a member in Naples, Florida, before moving to Midlothian. He was honored in January by the YMCA of Richmond as a Community Role Model. 

He leaves behind loving family members: mother, Sherri Diehl Ellis; brothers, Steve and Reid Ellis; sister, Ashley Ellis; maternal grandmother, Alberta Diehl, all of Midlothian; father, Rick (Carol) Ellis; step-brothers, Kyle and Zak Vealey of Lehigh Acres, Florida; paternal grandparents, Sybil and Allen Ellis of Ft. Myers, Florida; uncles, Steve Diehl, Mike (Julie) Diehl, Duane Diehl, Chap (Lynn) Ellis; aunts, Arletta (Jackie) Kline, and Rebecca (Cliff) Buck. Other family members include William "Billy" (Heidi, Colin and Callie) Diehl, Garrett and K.D. Diehl, Heather (Todd, Caleb and Caden) Talton, Alexis (Brandon) Reddock, Kara Krantz, David Krantz, Heather Ellis, Cody Ellis; and a host of loving friends from Midlothian, Virginia, Naples, Florida, and as far away as Australia. 

On Sunday May 28, 2006, nearly a thousand people turned out at a memorial for Ellis who died just a few weeks from his high school graduation. Chip Ellis’ Mom, Sherri Ellis says, "It'll be a lifetime of helping my next three kids, you know, to survive and the step-children, to help them get through this. No life is not touched by something so tragic.”

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the hundreds of people who helped search for Chip, and for the many gestures of love and kindness from near and far. 

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