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Updated: 07/28/2014 03:29:00PM

Kaye Ellis

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Kaye Ellis, 91, of Port Charlotte, Fl. Passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Tidewell Hospice House, Port Charlotte. She was born on June 26, 1923 to James and Hallie B. Ellis of Newland, North Carolina.

She moved to Charlotte County in 1956. She was a long time business owner in Charlotte County. She and her sister Evelyn received their real estate license in 1957 and were instrumental in a number of sales in both residential and commercial businesses over the years. She was co-owner in a very successful restaurant located in Charlotte Harbor known as Smith’s Plantation that hosted the first dinner for the Superstars competition held in Rotunda and filmed by ABC Sports.

She was one of 12 siblings, of which several followed to Charlotte County and for many years helped her in her various business ventures. She owned The Flame Lounge in Charlotte Harbor and Pier One in Punta Gorda.

She is survived by her sisters Jean and Dorothy and their families of North Carolina, niece Linda (Chuck) Megill and family of Port Charlotte, Fl., nephews Wayne (Cecile) Smith and family of Lakeland, Fl. Gary Smith of Lakeland, Fl. Jeanne (Phil) Carter of Port Charlotte and other family members around the country.

Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the funeral service at 11 AM on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Kays Ponger Uselton Funeral Home located at 2405 Harbor Blvd. Port Charlotte, Fl. Entombment will be private.


The family would like to express their gratitude for the care of Kaye in her final days while at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte. She had previously been at South Port for the past couple years.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Tidewell Hospice House Port Charlotte or the charity of your choice.

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