Corey Stephen Ellis, 23, of Stanley, passed away on February 8, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Healthcare, Gastonia. He was born in Gaston County on February 12, 1997, the son of Donald Vestus Ellis, Jr. and Cynthia Truelove Zografos. Corey loved fishing, hunting, helping people in need, and especially spending time with his dog, Nine. He also enjoyed motocross, and playing basketball. From 2009 - 2013, he played football with the Dallas Wild Cats. Corey was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Donald V. Ellis, Sr. and Martha Ann Willis.
Corey is survived by his mother, Cynthia Truelove Zografos and husband Chris of Stanley; father, Donald V. Ellis, Jr. and wife Edith of Laurens, SC; brother, Casey Ellis of Stanley; maternal grandparents, Stephen and Debbie Truelove of Stanley; uncle, Anthony Truelove of Stanley; cousin, Blaise Mullis of Shelby; sister-in-law, Synthia Garcia of Alexis; niece, Antalya Zografos of Alexis; stepsister, Sara Zografos of Dallas; nephew, Silas Simcox of Dallas; stepsister, Kerith Martin of Laurens, SC; sister, Kayla Toney of Forest City; nieces, Shyanne Daves, and Gracie Toney of Mooresboro; nephew, Zachary Curtis of Bostic; stepbrother, Zachary Zografos of Texas, Alex Zografos and wife of Jacksonville, NC; and canine companions, Nine and Neko.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7:00 P.M. at Benson Funeral & Cremation Services of Mount Holly, with Pastor Bozeman and Pastor Green officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. prior to the service.
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