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Cornell Lamont Ely

August 22, 1954 ~ May 10, 2018 (age 63)
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     Cornell Lamont Ely, 63, of Chicago, formerly of Quincy, passed away at 10:42 am Thursday (May 10, 2018) in South Shore Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. 

     Born August 22, 1954 in Quincy, Cornell was the son of James H. Ely Sr. and Delores R. Brace. 

     Cornell proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War where he received the Rifle Expert Marksmanship Badge and the National Defense Service Medal. 

      Cornell was a 1972 graduate of Quincy High School where he was captain of the football and was the first African American to play the Quincy Blue Devils mascot. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

     He was first employed at the Quincy Maid Potato Chip Company and later worked for the Pepsi Cola Plant. 

     Survivors include three brothers, James H. Ely Jr., Clifton C. Ely and Christopher "Chris" Ely all of Quincy; and two sisters, Susan D. Clay (Arthur "Poke") and Vicky Smith both of Quincy. 

      Cornell was preceded in death by his parents.  

      A memorial service to celebrate Cornell's life will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Cecil G. Fletcher officiating. Burial with Military honors by the United States Marine Corps Funeral Honors Detail will be in Sunset Cemetery at the Illinois Veterans Home. 

      Visitation will be Tuesday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at the funeral home. 

      Arrangements are in the care of the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.

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