Ardennis Ellis was born on October 15, 1933, in Sumner, Mississippi, to the late Lee and Luvenia Ellis. The youngest of eleven children, Ardennis was educated in the Mississippi school system. He married Beatrice Sturdivant in Mississippi on December 20, 1951. In 1952, Ardennis moved to New York, where his brothers Edward and Robert had
Ardennis was employed as a machine operator in the garment industry. Always hard working, he also worked a second job on Governors Island for quite some time.
A talented and studious musician, Ardennis played the guitar and keyboards in local R&B bands, and was very knowledgeable in music theory. He loved music in general, especially Jazz, and Blues. Ardennis was a firm believer in practicing whatever craft one was pursuing, to strive for perfection. He would often invite aspiring musicians over to the house, where he would patiently help them get started on their musical journey. In addition to music he also enjoyed baseball, swimming and carpentry.
Ardennis is preceded in death by his beloved wife Beatrice, his parents, three sisters (Verie, Lufelia and Mary) and seven brothers (Will, Frank, Buddy, Little Man, John, Edward and Robert).
He leaves to cherish his memory, his son Edward Lee (Lindell), and his daughter Denise (Vincent). Three grandchildren, Thaddeus, Matthew and Brandon. Four great grandchildren, Alaia, Gabrielle, Aiden and Nylah, and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins and other caring relatives whom will miss him dearly.