Cary News: Obituaries

Graham Trent Ellis

Graham Trent Ellis was born February 23, 1977 to Howard and Carolyn Ellis in Raleigh, North Carolina. A beloved son, Trent passed away in his sleep of sleep apnea on September 4, 2013.

A baseball fan from the time of tee-ball, Trent continued to cheer on his favorite teams the Atlanta Braves and Durham Bulls, meeting one of his heroes, Chipper Jones, at a recent game in Durham. An alumni of Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, Trent returned to pitch for the Jaguars in the spring of 1996 after a devastating car accident in the summer of 1994, leaving him an amputee. Trent went on to graduate with honors, Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University in 2000 with a degree in Business Management. Trent was very proud to be a third generation alumni to the Wolfpack and loved NC State athletics. Also an avid fisherman, Trent could often be seen at Lochmere Lake, Harris Lake and Bellemeade Pond fishing in his jon-boat, “The Accomplice”, waiting for a large mouth bass to strike.

Trent is survived by his mom and dad, his elder brother, Mark Ellis and his wife, Brandy of Clayton; his younger sister, Anna Abbott and her husband, A. W.; and his beloved niece, Laurel also of Clayton. Trent also leaves behind his girlfriend, Jennifer Walker of Raleigh. Trent loved his work as a financial planner and considered his clients family.

Trent touched many peoples’ lives and hearts with his charming smile and playful wit throughout his 36 years. He was loved by many and will be missed.

A service in celebration of Trent’s life will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Christian Church, 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 where he was baptized. Following the memorial everyone is invited to mingle in the church fellowship hall until all the good stories have been told.

Memorial gifts in Trent’s memory may be sent to St. Paul’s Christian Church Children’s Education.

Any pictures of Trent throughout the years may be sent via e-mail to Mark Ellis at to be used at the service.

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