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Jeremy Esten Ellis

November 29, 1979 ~ January 19, 2022 (age 42)

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Jeremy Esten Ellis began his earthly journey on November 29th, 1979, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He finished his journey in the early morning hours on January 19, 2022, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. 

J - as he was affectionately called for short, was born to Katherine L. Ellis. He was affectionately raised by his aunt and uncle Bennie G “Cookie” Thompkins & Charles Earl Thompkins who loved him immensely.

J lived life on the fly; often moving from one city to the next. In his early 20s, after a series of bad decisions he began to change and want more for himself and life. He began praying for a family - with a heavy desire to be a father. He achieved his desires when he met his wife Shana Shaunta Coirin in October of 2005 while they both worked at Perdue Farms on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A job he was not eligible for, but God moved. He got the call to come in for orientation despite having already being told he wasn’t qualified as he stood at the bus stop heading to buy his ticket to Las Vegas – his next adventure. He only planned to be in VA for a short period of time and he would be off to Las Vegas - or so he thought! Things moved quickly and they wed February 10, 2007. He fell in love and didn’t see Vegas again until his 11-year anniversary trip! 

J was a free soul. He loved traveling and seeing new things and was known by his loved ones for his spontaneous ideas that were often outside the box. From his food creations that he refused to recreate to let’s go on a trip—like right now - let’s go! You never knew what he was going to come up with next. Just how he liked it, he loved keeping everyone on their toes with his sarcasm and jokes.

J worked as a Loader for both Perdue Farms in Virginia and Mountaire Farms in Selbyville Delaware. It intrigued him to get his commercial driver license and begin his trucking career in 2016. While he enjoyed driving and seeing new things, he didn’t enjoy being away from home for long periods of time. J tried several different companies as he worked through the red tape of the trucking world to navigate better pay and home time to eventually achieve his dreams to own his own company - Highway Hustle Transportation LLC - so he could be home with his family whenever he chooses to be (which was most of the time!) 

J & Shana were blessed with 4 children: Tynarra Jones, Ke’Shawn Coirin, Janessa Ellis, and Jeremiah Ellis; four grandchildren: Zayden Brumskin, Zionna Fabien, Princeton Coirin, and Za’Brya Jones.

J loved being a father and Pop Pop and often would take them for special spur of the moment fun days. Chucky E. Cheese was a regular play date for his grandkids.

J was preceded in death by his grandmother Alene Ellis, his mother, his aunt Cookie & uncle Charles (J’s parents), Aunt Serelda Ellis Leek, & Uncle Butch Ellis.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, children, and grandchildren. His father/mother in law Robert & Penney Stines, two brother in laws: Antwain Wynder Sr. (Onesha), Lamont Hines (Lakita), one sister in law Laqueta Mason (Antonio Sr.), two uncles: Joe Ellis (Teresa) and Ron Leek, two special cousins Aaron Beauchamp (Jeanna) and Billy Owens (Mary), and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Lovingly & Sorrowfully Submitted by the Family


He traveled the roads

In years gone past

A life he chose and

Hoped it would last

Driving all night

From state to state

Trying to get home

And arriving so late

He parked his truck now

His engine has stopped

And those who love him

Their hearts have dropped

He traveled the country

With a smile of great pride

Now he drives the streets of Heaven

On the trucker’s last ride





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January 25, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
HOWELL & JOLLEY Memorial Chapel P. A. Funeral & Cremation Services
1213 Jersey Road
Salisbury, MD 21801

Funeral Service
January 25, 2022

12:00 PM
HOWELL & JOLLEY Memorial Chapel P. A. Funeral & Cremation Services
1213 Jersey Road
Salisbury, MD 21801

Interment following funeral service
January 25, 2022

Parsons Cemetery
912 N. Division Street
Salisbury, MD 21801

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