He was of Baptist faith.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He received the WWII Victory Medal and American Defense Medal. He was a member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Abner Ellis and Julia Hedden Ellis.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores Ellis of Cleveland; two daughters: Brenda Allen and husband, David, and Judy Lennon, all of Lenoir City; three grandchildren: Jennifer Brown of Boone, N.C., Jason Allen of Austin, Texas and Ryan Lennon of Volo, Ill.; and three great-grandchildren: Makenzy Lennon Perone and Tucker and Cooper Brown.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Micah Nicolaus officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Grissom Funeral Home, Mark S. Grissom, funeral director.
The family asks, that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net.