Dolores "Nano" Ellis


Dolores “Nano” Ellis, 89, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

She was a lifelong resident of Cleveland and a member of North Cleveland Baptist Church. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; enjoyed cooking; and her domestic capabilities were beyond reproach. Dolores enjoyed working in her yard, planting flowers, watching cable news and studying local and national politics.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Cecil Allen Ellis; mother, Estelle Messer; and two brothers: Charles and Don Messer.

Dolores is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda (David) Allen of Lenoir City, and Judy (Tony) Lennon Cole of Knoxville; grandchildren: Jason Allen, Jennifer “J.J” Brown, and Ryan Lennon; and great-grandchildren: Tucker and Cooper Brown, Makenzy Lennon Perone, Cole Byrd, Chelsey Byrd, and Shawn Cole.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 2, 2021, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Pastor Joe Brooks.

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers.

A white dove release and the playing of bagpipes will conclude the service.

Serenity of Cleveland Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.


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