Barbara Jean Ellis


Barbara Jean Ellis, 69, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, went home to her Lord and Savior Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

She was the daughter of the late James and Katherine Scoggins Clingan. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 22 years, the Rev. Albert Ellis, pastor of Benton Pike House of Prayer, where she was known as the “Mother” of the church. She was also preceded in death by her stepdaughters: Ava Ellis, who was the light of her life, and Eva Woody; her infant brother, Jimmy Ray Clingan; her grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is survived by her aunt, Hazel Taylor; her uncle, James Bud Tinsley; several cousins; Albert’s twin brother, the Rev. Alvin Ellis and his wife, Hazel; his son-in-law, Dwayne Woody; and the Benton Pike House of Prayer members and family, Roy and Sandra Prock, Tim and Angie Prock, Larry and Debbie McGill; caregivers along with friends; special friend, Mack and Renata Hatmaker; and Dusty Brown.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee St. Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Prock and the Rev. Billy Fox officiating.

The interment will follow at Lee Cemetery in McDonald with Dusty Brown, Marshall Bradford, Dwayne Woody, Danny Robinson, Lynn Ellis and Steve Mowery serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends today, from 5 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

We encourage family and friends to share your memories and condolences by going to Barbara’s memorial page at


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