|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1916|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2008|
James Edward Ellis, 91, passed from this life Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008.
Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. A reception will follow in Greenwood Reception Center. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
James Edward Ellis was born Oct. 23, 1916, to K.L. and Mae E. Yount Ellis in Doniphan, Mo. James made the most important decision in his life at age 9 when he became a Christian and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Harviell, Mo. At the age of 16, James joined the circus, where he performed as a clown in a high-wire act, after which he toured the country with legendary circus man Mel Hall. During his tour, he often found a seat upon 12-foot unicycles. James went on to serve in the U.S. Army, where he enjoyed boxing in his spare time. James worked for 40 years in Beaumont for Charles Hoffer's Men's Clothing Store.
James was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Herman, Raymond, John and Eugene; and sister, Clara Mae.
Survivors: Wife, Lucille Ellis; son, James Ellis Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Mesquite; daughters, Freda Burks and husband, Cecil, of Springtown, Peggy Roche and husband, Steve, of Flippin, Ark., and Mary Peterson and husband, Ernie, of Southlake; grandchildren, Sharon Lyons and husband, George, Donna Fulgham and husband, Steve, David Ellis, Bobby Monk and wife, Lu, Bridgette Nygard, Angela Mueller and Jennifer Peterson; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kerry Lee Ellis (1888 - 1955)
Mae Ethel Yount Ellis (1893 - 1935)
Helen Lucille Howard Ellis (1921 - 2013)*
Herman Ellis (1912 - 1924)*
John Morris Ellis (1914 - 1989)*
James Edward Ellis (1916 - 2008)
Clara Mae Ellis Bonar (1919 - 2004)*
Raymond Joe Ellis (1927 - 1927)*
Charles Eugene Ellis (1929 - 1980)*
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Maintained by: James Ellis
Originally Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Sep 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29891216
Daddy, you were a ray of sunshine and optimism. I will forever remember your saying, "Smile when you're in trouble. It will vanish like a bubble if you'll only take the trouble just to s-m-i-l-e!"|
Freda Ellis Burks
Added: Mar. 12, 2015
RIP James Edward Ellis|
Added: Oct. 14, 2014
Added: Sep. 18, 2008