The teacher that everyone adores has lost his battle to cancer. Ben Ellis, a Latin teacher at the Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, has passed away.
The announcement came from the academy’s headmaster, Nathan Morrow. “Ben entered Heaven fully healed; he is home,” read an email that Morrow has sent out to the school’s parents early Friday morning.
Ben’s battle with cancer became known to many when 400 students came by his house last week to pay him a special serenade. Ben, looking frail with an oxygen tube connected through his nose, peered down from his window as he watched the entire student body perform for him.
Some were even waving at him as they sang. He may have been weak, but he looked very happy to see them.
Ben had been teaching Latin in the school for an impressive eight years.
The moment of Ben’s serenade was captured on video and it was none other than hit musician Tim McGraw who took to his Facebook page to share it to everyone. That video reached one million views.
Upon learning of Ben’s death, McGraw once again took to his Facebook page to give the beloved teacher a special shout out. “The example of love and kindness that showed in his heart through his teaching has impacted so many of his students, and through them has and will continue to impact the world…….time well spent Mr. Ellis, time well spent sir…..rest now, for you shall be well received,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, The Tennesean reported that Morrow issued a further statement upon Ben’s death and it shows that the entire academy feels his loss immensely. “Now Ben and his Lord are fully together, yet we remain; his family and his students remain and we grieve deeply,” he said.
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