Obituary: James E. Ellis


 James E. Ellis, 88, of Batesville, Arkansas, passed away Jan. 14, 2020.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1931, in Beebe, AR to Charlie and Bertha Ellis.

James was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and grandfather. He was retired from Orbit Valve manufacturing in Little Rock, AR. James was an ordained minister and long-time member of the Arkansas Bluegrass Association, as well as a member of Weaver’s Chapel Baptist Church. He loved growing beautiful plants and singing bluegrass music with Erlene, the love of his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his favorite television shows.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erlene Ellis; brothers, William Ellis and Charles Ellis; Sisters, Juanita Fuller, and Lena Logue; daughters, Sue Hayslip, Jimmie Carol Hix, and Paula Jackson; great-granddaughter, Ashley Stovall.

He is survived by a brother, Lee Roy Ellis of Holland, Michigan; sons, Malcom Hix Jr. (Jane), Denny Ellis and Vance Ellis; as well as many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Willis Funeral Home with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., with the funeral, officiated by David Insell, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Pallbearers include Malcolm Hix III, Joshua Gates, Malcolm Hix IV, Donald Thorne Jr., Jason Cooper, and Donnie Thorne III. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Gainesboro, Arkansas.

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