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Ellis Robert Peopples, Jr., 72 – of Pleasantville passed away suddenly on Friday, March 2, 2012, in Our Lady's Residence of Pleasantville. He was born in Atlantic City, January 19, 1940, to Christine V. Sheppard-Peopples and Ellis Robert Peopples, Sr. He was educated in the Atlantic City public schools system. He furthered his education by attending Delaware State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Psychology. In 1977, he pursued studies in Business Administration from Monmouth College, followed by studies in advanced Mathematics at Drexel University and a Masters in Aviation Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Ellis was employed as a computer programmer for the Eastman Kodak Company located in Rochester, NY, from 1965 to 1968. He then began an expansive career in computer technology at the FAA Technical Center, from which he retired in 2000. He started as a mathematician, GS-13; became a technical analyst in 1979, GS-14; followed by four years as branch manager for Information Resource; and in 1990, he became a division manager, GM-15. Additionally, Ellis was one of the founders of the Technical Youth Program (TYP). He was a member of many organizations, such as the American Mathematical Association, the National Technical Association, Air Traffic Control Association, the NHCFAE, the NBCFAE, the NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., just to name a few. In his spare time, Ellis gave piano lessons, practiced martial arts, and played chess. Ellis had a great interest in helping people in all kinds of situations. If he became your friend, you had someone you could depend upon and trust to be by your side no matter what. He loved people and those who knew him saw this in his words and deeds. You could converse with Ellis about many diverse topics: from African American history and Art to national politics and computers. Ellis served on the Board of Directors of the African American museum of southern New Jersey from its inception and this became one of his passions because he knew how important it was to know something about your own history. If you had the time to listen to Ellis, you were certain to learn something you didn't know. He loved to cook, making special dishes for his family and friends. In the summer of 2002, during a very serious illness, Ellis made a confession of faith in God and in his son, Jesus Christ that could later be seen by those who knew him well. Ellis was predeceased by: his father, Robert Ellis Peopples, Sr. Ellis leaves to mourn his loss: his loving wife, Lisa Peyton-Peopples; stepchildren, Roger Prescott (Sulma) & Crystal Cheak-Peopples; his mother, Christine V. Sheppard-Peopples; brothers, George S. Peopples, Sr. and Robert Ellis Peopples, Sr. (Carol); one aunt, Nolden Sheppard; grandsons, Sincere and Zion; cousins, Stephen, Samuel III, and Michael Sheppard; in-laws, Marlita (Rudy), Donna (Jeffry), Michele, Yourie (Rufus), Lauren, Taimia, Tyrone, Albert, Trevor, Darrell, Robert, Averrell, and Darrien; He will also be sadly missed by a host of other family members and friends. Lovingly Submitted, The Family

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