Samuel Joseph Ellis, III, 48

Samuel Joseph Ellis, III, 48, also known as “Big Sam”, “Kawika”, “Butchie Boy” & “Mistah”, passed away on November 2, 2013 at Maui Memorial Medical Center. He was born on May 25, 1965 in Wailuku, Maui.

Services over urn will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Christ the King Church, Kahului, with visitation starting at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 11:00 a.m. Family request no flowers. Ballard Family Mortuary assisted with the arrangements.

He was employed at Kahului Elementary and Maui Waena Intermediate schools, as Campus Security and counselor and was also a music producer.

He is survived by his wife, Johnette Lacno-Ellis; his hanai father, Mitsuo Kimura; father, Samuel (Cheryl) Ellis, Jr.; hanai sons, Kyle Takushi, Derick Sebastian, Keawe Lono, Joey Ponce, III, Allen Prest, Jr., Vince Saures, Drigo Casio & Kapono Hoopai; hanai daughters, Shari Sanches and Michele Figueroa; siblings, Jamerson, Shannon and Sean Ellis, Sandra Kealohi and a bunch of “My Twin Braddahs”.

He was predeceased by his mother, Hester Mae Ellis and his brother, Jason Ellis.

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