Arthur Lee “Art” Sallis, of Rockford departed this earthly life Monday, March 10, 2014 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born December 16, 1933 in Sallis, MS the son of Rufus and Ethel Sallis. Art lived in Rockford since March 21, 1951 coming from Mississippi. He married the former Jewell Franklin October 21, 1956 in Rockford. Art was employed 34 years by Gunite Foundry before retiring. He was also employed by Rockford Register Star, and Rockford Services/Rockford Heath Plans. Art was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church formerly serving in the male chorus. He was a foundering member of the Better Neighborhood Association , a Union Steward for local # 718, also serving in many offices, later to become the president of the Retirees. He attended schools in Mississippi and pursued his G.E.D. here in Rockford. Art leaves to cherish many loving memories, his wife of 57 years, Jewell; son, Alvin Gilmore; 3 daughters, Delores Sallis, Diane Sallis and Deetra Sallis; 17 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, Eugene Stingly, John “Fruit”, James (Johnice), Danny (Robin), and Michael Sallis; 2 sisters, Lillie Mims and Pearlia Anderson; aunt, Gladys Wright; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including special friends, Andrew McBride, John McNeely, Felix Washington, Fred Vines and Willie Ashford and many other special friends. He was predeceased by his parents, and 2 brothers, Charles and Joe Sallis. Services will be held 11:00a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Providence Baptist Church 2209 Clifton Ave. with pastor DeCarto Draper officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday, March 14, 2014 from 2:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. at Carl E. Ponds Funeral Home 2429 W. State Street.