Vernon Ely, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 18, 2017. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of the late Elvira (House) and Benjamin Ely, Sr.
Vernon worked as a machinist and assembler at General Motors in Detroit, MI. He had a love of fishing, traveling an enjoyed collecting and repairing automobiles. He moved to Providence, RI in 1994 to be closer to his family.
He will be missed by his siblings; Elmira Knox and Ivory Ely, Sr. of Chicago, IL. and Carolyn Castro of Providence. He was also the brother of the late Benjamin Ely, Jr. and Otis Ely. Vernon spoke very highly of his special cousin, Billy Joyce. He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Vernon Ely’s life with his family and friends will take place at a later date in Chicago, IL.
He Will Call
(Job 14: 13-15)
Life, like a mist, appears for just a day,
Then disappears tomorrow.
All that we are can quickly fade away,
Replaced with tears and sorrow.
If a man should die, can he live again?
hear the promise God has made:
He will call; The dead will answer.
They shall live at his command.
For he will have a longing
For the work of his own hand.
So have Faith, and do not wonder,
For our God can make us stand.
And we shall live forever,
As the work of his own hand.
Friends of our God, though they may pass away,
Will never be foresaken.
All those asleep who in God's mem'ry stay,
From death he will awaken.
Then we'll come to see all that life can be: