Deacon Ellis James McKever, 65

Services for Deacon Ellis James McKever, 65, who died April 18 at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, were held April 21 at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Stanford L. Anderson was pastor, Apostle Sallie Kirkland gave the eulogy and Bishop Albert Bussey presided.
A life-long native of Jeff Davis County, he was born April 14, 1953, to the late K. C. McKever and Dessie Mae Arnold McKever. Two sisters preceded him in death, Effie McKever Howard and Vera McKever. He attended Jeff Davis County Schools and was employed with Pallet One for 28 years. He was also a farm laborer with Ronnie Hayes. Deacon McKever was a member of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Word of Harvest Family Worship Center in Baxley where he served as an usher, worked with the Kitchen Committee and he was ordained a Deacon.
Survivors included his wife of 38 years, Evangelist Helen McKever; children Rico (Rosalind) Thompson of Hazlehurst, Shalinda (Louis) Evans of Irving, Texas and Apostle Corie (Pastor Tabitha) Clements of Baxley; grandchildren Tyler, Maurice and Jazmine; god daughter, Nykia Wooten; brothers, A. C. McKever of Douglas and Steve (Wilma Jean) McKever of Hazlehurst’ sisters Frances Smith of Vidalia, Eather and Ruth McKever, both of Hazlehurst; aunts, Fleta McKever and Lillian (Charles) Willis, both of Hazlehurst; sisters and brothers-in-law Betty Thompson of Broxton, Doxann Hall of Rowlett, Texas, Elijah, James, and Willie Lee Thompson of Denton, Queen Esther Williams of Dallas, Texas, Jacquelyn Thompson of Hazlehurst and Williejo Davis and Susie Clements, both of Lumber City; close friends Minnie Lee Hall, Johnnie Bennett, Marva Drayton, and Kimmeyer Baker; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Active pallbearers were James Thompson Jr., Nathan McKever, LeCeddrick Mitchell, Elijah Thompson, Willie Lee Thompson and Nikoe Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers were Victory Bible Believers Deacons and Deaconnesses, Billy Burns and Tim Dotson
King Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Services was in charge.

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