Latest Announcement

Welcome Visitor

PGR Membership is free. Join Today

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

November 21, 2020

Honor Mission
James “Jim” Ellis, Retired
USAF – Vietnam
Newport News / Hampton, Virginia – 11-21-20


The Patriot Guard Riders will honor the life and service of Air Force veteran, SMSGT James H. Ellis who was born in Warwick, RI in 1949. James 71, and passed on November 8, 2020. Jim joined the United States Air Force after high school and served in Vietnam flying “Blind Bat” missions over the Ho Chi Min trail. He completed numerous statewide assignments to include five years in the Special Air Missions at Andrews Air Force Base where he served as an usher at President Reagan’s 2nd inauguration. He served in Canada, Germany and several temporary assignments throughout Europe. Jim held several jobs after retiring from the Air Force but found his true calling as a volunteer EMT and full time deputy sheriff for Middlesex County where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant. Jim is survived by; his sister, two sons, a daughter and his Mother-in-law. Jim also has 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, two nephews, numerous cousins and good friends.Obituary: Obit Link

Staging Time: 10:30 am

Menchville Baptist Church,
248 Menchville Road
Newport News, Virginia 23602

Ride Captain:

Mike “Handlebar” Nugent,, 757-327-8281
William “AtSix” Johnson,, 757) 642-0747
Robert “Falcon” Sexton,, 757) 478-3275

Special Instructions:

• Brief: 10:45 am
• KSU: 11:15 am – to Hampton Memorial Gardens, 155 Butler Farm Rd, Hampton, VA 23666
• Service: 12:00 – with Military Honors
• This is a multi-city mission.
• We will establish a flag line at the cemetery and provide Military Honors.
• All COVID-19 protocols are in effect and shall be followed in accordance with the CDC and Governors mandates and all social distancing guidelines will be followed.
• No one will approach the family, with the exception of the listed Ride Captain.
• All questions concerning this mission should be directed to the listed Ride Captains.
• Ensure your flag and flag mounts are capable of highway speeds.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Mike Nugent
Position: Virginia Ride Captain

Note: You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a veteran to join, and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To subscribe to receive mission notices, log into the National Site and click on the Members tab at the top. Select the Subscribe to PGR Missions option.
Print This Page Print This Page


November 21, 2020
Event Category:
Event Tags:

Use the Comment option to leave a condolence message for the family

9 Responses

  1. To the family and friends of SMSGT Jim Ellis, please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss.

    RIP – Brother – Warrior

    Mike ‘Handlebar” Nugent
    USN – Ret
    VAPG – D5 – RC

  2. My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of this Hero. May He Rest in Peace.

    JJ Bishop, PGR
    SGT (Ret.), Henrico County Police, Virginia
    MCPO (Ret.), USCGR
    Hudson, FL

  3. Please accept my family’s sincere condolences with the passing of Jim. May the many memories of your time together and loved shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    With Sincere Sympathy

    Wayne Anderson
    Assistant State Captain
    Hampton Roads District Five
    Virginia Patriot Guard

  4. All our sympathy on the passing of your Hero. We are all indebted to him for his many years of service to our country and our community. He will definitly be missed.

    Larry Strauss
    Ride Captain
    VA Patriot Guard
    District 5

  5. Condolences to the Family and Friends of a great Combat Veteran, War Hero, and retired Master Sergeant.

    SMSGT Jim Ellis will be missed by his very large and loving family. Much respect.

    May he rest in piece.
    With sincere sympathy and condolences,

    CDR Jim “Snap” Davis, USN Ret
    Virginia Patriot Guard

  6. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your love one. Unfortunately, due to my recent knee surgery, I will not be able to participate personally with my fellow Patriot Guard rider’s mission to honor him.

    Daniel Colvin
    VA Patriot Guard
    District 5

  7. My deepest condolence to the family and friend’s of a true hero. May he rest in peace knowing “We have the Watch”!
    Robert L Sexton
    Virginia District 5 Ride Captain
    SK1(SW) USN (Ret)

  8. May the Lord wrap the family and friends of James “Jim” Ellis in His arms and guide them with His grace and comfort during their time of sorrow. Mr. Ellis, thank you for your service to our country and your community.

    With honor, respect and deepest sympathy,

    Becca “Lady Harley” Landick
    Virginia State Captain
    Patriot Guard Riders

  9. Jim, was one of my original trainers when I was assigned to my first assignment (Langley AFB). I was TDY with him to RAF Mildenhal. After he departed Langley, they were assigned to Goosebay. I stopped there on a route back from Mildenhal. We had a cook out between two snow banks. I didn’t see them again until 1984 when I was up by Andrews AFB. As a young airmen he was a Great Mentor. Unfortunately we lost contact when they left Rhode Island.

Leave a Reply to mcpojjb Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

Request State UserList

Please be sure to select your state. The update, and the confirmation email with the link, will be sent to the state captain for the state chosen.

Your Request Was Sent

A membership list update request was sent for the state chosen. Please allow a day or two for it to be completed, especially if the list was sent on a weekend.

You’ll receive an email from the operations team when a new list has been generated.