Funeral services are for Marshall G. Ellis, age 89, of the Hollywood Community, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev.George Folmar and Rev Scott Wiley officiating.
Mr. Ellis passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016.
He was born April 30, 1927 to Oscar and Maggie (Dabbs) Ellis. He attended Hollywood Schools, Neches Schools and graduated from Frankston High School in 1945. After his senior year he received the highest award given by the Future Farmers of America. The American Farmer degree was presented to him in Kansas City, MO. He married Johnnie Lou Coker, (the love of his life) and they moved down the road from his parent's home. He started working in agriculture measuring crops for the USDA and helped survey land for Humble Oil Co. After a few years he went to work as a soil technician for the USDA. He would advise farmers and rancers concerning building lakes and ponds and general agriculture problems. He developed the Ellis Loop which was a siphon used to drain ponds when needed. He worked 32 years with the USDA before he retired. During this time he also served as a Board Member for Frankston ISD and a member of Frankston Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He served as a member and President of the Trinity-Neches Soil and Water Conservation District for 14 years. He enjoyed taking care of the family ranch and traveling with Johnnie Lou and friends.
Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dr. Grady Ellis, DVM; and son-in-law, John Sheehan.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 71 years, Johnnie Lou (Coker) Ellis; a son, Joe Ellis and wife Linda; daughter, Jennie Sheehan all of the Hollywood Community; daughter-in-law Sandra Ellis of Jacksonville; grandchildren, John Ellis, Jennifer Sheehan, Taryn Evans, Alicia Eubanks, and Alicia K. Diaz; and nine great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Coker, Robert Caveness, Mark Bostick, Elmer Jean Birdwell, Dan Lade, and Johnny Burks.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 with family receiving friends from 1pm to 2pm Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.
Published on November 21, 2016