Abner Ellis WILLOUGHBY, Ohio—Abner Ellis, 82, died on Oct. 11 in Willoughby.
Mr. Ellis owned two Firestone stores, buying his first store in Cleveland in the mid-1950s and adding a second store in the suburb of Lakewood in 1965.
Mr. Ellis sold both outlets in 1982 and retired. He is survived by his wife, Mollye, a son and two daughters.
Jerald W. Thomas
DENVER—Jerald W. Thomas, 77, died on Aug. 5 in Denver.
In 1974, Mr. Thomas co-founded—with brothers Dale, Russ and Bill Foree—Foree Tire Distributors in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.
Mr. Thomas began his tire career in 1950 as a sales representative for U.S. Rubber. He also worked for World Tire in St. Louis and MFA Oil Co. in Columbia, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry, daughter, Marilyn, and three sons—Whitney, Clifford and Arnold.