Dee Ellis, 83, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the family residence.
He was the son of the late Zack and Kate Ellis; and was also preceded in death by his brothers, Hoyt Ellis, Percy Ellis, Doc Ellis, Lum Ellis and Oley Ellis; and his daughter-in-law, Valerie Ellis.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and retired from Cleveland City Parks and Recreation Department with 19-plus years of service. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 year, Jearline Jones Ellis; children: Larry and Peggy Ellis, John Ellis, Audrey Ellis and Robin and James Gibbs; grandchildren: Amy Chastain, and her husband, Craig, Kurt Ellis, and his wife, Annette, Tiffany Simpson, A.J. Murray, Josh Ellis, Dustin Rogers, and his wife, Joanna, Chris Rogers, and his wife, Lisa, Jennifer Cooper, and her husband, Denzil and Abby Cranfield; great-grandchildren: Blake, Jacob and Aiden Chastain, Patrick Ellis, Richard “Bubba” Simpson, Jazzy Simpson, Zach and Claire Murray, Caedmon Rogers, Sierra Rogers, Maddux and Braydon Cooper, and Serenity Cranfield; and several extended grandkids and great-grandkids.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, Wildwood Avenue Chapel, with his son, Larry Ellis and Pastor Wayman Cooper officiating.
The interment will follow in the Towee Falls Baptist Church cemetery, 1336 Towee Falls Road, Tellico Plains, with his grandsons serving as casket bearers.
The family will receive friends Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Share your memories and or condolences with Dee’s family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
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