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James Eric Ellis

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


 James Eric (Freak) Ellis, 50, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at the Meritus Medical Center.

Born Thursday, February 12, 1970 in Altoona, PA, he was the son of the late James Harold Ellis and Terrie Lee Ellis.

He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1988 and from Hagerstown Community College with an Electrical Engineering degree. James was a veteran in the United States Navy. He was an active member of APA and Tap leagues, where he earned the nickname, Freak. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State fan. 

In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his sister, Daniell Springfield; fiancée, Deb Kidwell and her children Kaelyn Kidwell and Terry Lee Williams III; uncle, Allen Bastian; three nieces, Cheyenne Betts, Dakota Betts and Destiny Betts; great-nephews, Decan and Luca; great-niece, Chloe; and grandchildren, Jaylin, Charlotte and Chayce.

Services will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 7:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Randy Buchman officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine. You and your family are in my prayers.

Richelle Shain Scrugham
Hagerstown, MD

Our hearts are broken . So many good memories with you and Deb, and we were looking forward to many more. You and Mark had so many more Grease songs to sing together!! We will always hold you in our hearts, and don't worry, we will continue making memories with Deb. Forever

Tina and Mark
Hagerstown , MD

I am sorry for the passing of your brother, Daniell. Praying for all concerned during this time. Ellen

Ellen Horst
Hagerstown, Md

My heartfelt sympathy to Terri and the rest of the family. My heart is heavy just imaging what you must be going through. Please know that my love and prayers of comfort are with you.

Carol Stahl
Shippensburg , Pa.

Ms. Terrie, Danielle, Cheyenne, Destiny, and Dakota, My thoughts are with all of you at this time. So many memories to remember with Eric. He was a man of few words, did not express his emotions much but he did love his family. Trips to Altoona, Ocean City, and visits with Grandma and PapPap. Oh and he always looked forward each year to his birthday dinner. Homemade egg rolls and tuna noodle casserole! I am here if you need anything.

Dawn Mills
Keedysville, Maryland

Deb, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies.

Jeff& Dawn Hebner
El Paso, Texas

Lisa MacTavish
Hagerstown , Md

Girl you have my thoughts n prayers always may God peace be with you in this troubled time of your loss.

Cathy Tyler
Hagerstown, MD

Eric you were Deb's person, you made her happier then I have ever seen her. I remember asking Deb if you didn't like me because you were so quiet. After that you liked to tease me about it. Rest easy my friend.

Carrie Lapole
Boonsboro, MD

Prayers for strength and comfort...

Sandra Carbajal
Ocean City, MD

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