J. (Joy) Ellis Berg, 90, passed away on Dec. 27, 2020 from complications of COVID. Ellis was born in French Camp, California on November 21, 1930 and lived most of his life in San Joaquin county. He was a 1950 graduate of Manteca Union High School. During the Korean War, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a medical orderly in San Francisco. After studying at Modesto Junior College, Ellis was soon hired by San Joaquin County Public Works and worked there until he retired in 1991. Ellis worked in prison ministry and was an active member of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship International for many years. He met his wife, Peggy Joan Johnson, at a church function and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Stockton, CA for 57+ years. He loved to sing and sang for many years as a soloist and member of musical groups. He was a true musician, not only singing, but playing the mandolin, the bass viol and even the clarinet. He was a hard worker and good example of a Christian man to those with whom he came in contact. Ellis loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, all his life and constantly studied the Word of God, the Bible, preparing sermons until his death.
Ellis is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Berg and Fern Lucille (Stone) Berg, and his wife, Peggy Joan (Johnson) Berg. He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Joann Berg of Stockton, CA, his son; William Ellis Berg of Seattle, WA; and his sister, Betty Frost of Holiday Island, AR. He also has many cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his little dog, Dolly.
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There will be a funeral for J. Ellis Berg on 1/22/21. Due to the Covid pandemic, there are California-mandated restrictions authorizing an attendance of no more than 20 people. We understand that there will be friends and family that may not feel comfortable attending due to their own Covid concerns. It is recognized that despite this, there may be more than 20 people who would want to attend.
By necessity, funeral attendance will be by personal invitation only, involving selection of attendees from a large number of friends and family. We recognize that there may be people that wish to attend but are unable to do so and we are sincerely apologetic for this. There will be an additional brief graveside service that will not have restrictions on attendance.
It will be necessary for attendees at both events to wear appropriate face masks and to maintain 6 feet distance from others. We are hoping to minimize hugging and hand shaking.
Deborah and William Berg