In Loving

Ellis Martin Gifford III

December 17, 1946 – May 8, 2024

Ellis Martin Gifford III, 77, of Richmond, VA went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. He was surrounded by the love of family in the days before his passing.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth S. Gifford, and children: Scott Gifford (Courtney), Neal Gifford (Jennifer), Amy Seidlitz (Eric), and Lorrie Austin (Jarrod); as well as nine grandchildren, and a tenth one on the way. He is also survived by a special first cousin, Patsy Gifford Napier, and his sweetheart, Linda Copeland.
Ellis will be remembered as a friendly and outgoing person, with a great sense of humor and a willingness to serve others. Ellis had many interests and hobbies throughout his life. He served in church through singing and teaching. He coached basketball and enjoyed playing sports. He also enjoyed fishing and old cars. He loved music and dancing and had memorized all the old hymns and older country songs. He was creative and was known for fixing things, even if it was a temporary fix with duct tape or bungee cords. One of the things his children appreciate most is the work ethic he instilled in each of them.
He will be greatly missed but we take comfort in knowing he is in Heaven walking with Jesus.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, June 13, 2024, from 6 pm-8 pm at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA, 23294.
We welcome those who wish to offer condolences and share memories of our Dad.