He was a 1978 graduate of Fountain Hill High School and a member of the Eden Baptist Church. He was a Mason, a member of the Masonic Prairie Lodge #465 in Hamburg, and a Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. Ellis loved being at his camp on the Saline River, sitting by a fire with his wife, and, when he was able, enjoyed putting out and running trotlines. He and his wife enjoyed riding motorcycles with his ABATE friends. He loved all animals, especially his dogs, Trixie and Callie and his cats, Patches and Fuzzy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sherwood “Buddy” Ellis in March of this year and his father-in-law, Joe Wheeler.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Beverly J. Wheeler Ellis of Fountain Hill; his sons, Chris Watt and wife, Mandy, of Monticello and Michael Watt and wife, Laura, of Vilonia; his mother, Allene Shelton Ellis; a brother, Ernie Ellis and wife, Deedee, all of Fountain Hill; his mother-in-law, Fannie Wheeler; his brothers-in-law, Ronnie Wheeler and wife, Becky, Paul Wheeler and wife, Yahanna, all of Crossett and Randy Wheeler of Marble Falls, Texas; seven grandchildren, Austin Watt, Aubrey Watt, Kason Watt, Jase Watt, Maylee Claire Watt, Cody Marlin, and A.J. Marlin and wife, Kaylee; three nieces, Amy Martin and husband, Brandon, Katie Harrison, Robyn Harrison; three nephews, Wesley Ellis and wife, Molly, Jackson Harrison and Terry Harrison and wife, Lauren; two great-nieces, Felicity Harrison and Skyler Martin; three great-nephews, Roland James Ellis, Peyton Martin and Waylon Harrison and other family members and friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Eden Baptist Church with Bro. Ricky Watt, Bro. Scott Wheeler and Bro. J.W. Dobbins officiating.
Burial, with full Masonic honors, will be at the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers are Austin Watt, Aubrey Watt, Cody Marlin, Kason Watt, Wesley Ellis, Jackson Harrison, Jase Watt, A.J. Marlin. Honorary pallbearers are Maylee Claire Watt and the ABATE District 18 Southeast Arkansas Members.
Memorials may be made to the Prarie Lodge #465, c/o Mr. Tim Collier, 521 W. Radford, Hamburg, AR 71646.