John Harris Ellis, 92

by | December 5, 2018 1:40 pm

Funeral services for John Harris Ellis, 92, of Swainsboro were held Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jim Harrell officiating and Rev. Casey Shaw assisting. Interment with military honors followed at Eastbrook Cemetery. He passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018 at his residence.

Mr. John Harris Ellis was born September 7, 1926 in Abbeville, South Carolina, to the late John M. and Rosa Lee Taylor Ellis. He was a merchant marine during World War II and served from 1944 until 1947, crossing the Atlantic 13 times. After returning from service to his country, he worked for Shell Oil Company until 1953, was a textile printer in Ware Shoals, South Carolina, until 1962, and brought his family to Swainsboro in 1963, working as a textile printer and supervisor with Swainsboro Print Works for 28 years. He later retired from Automatic Sprinkler in 1991. Ellis was a member of First Baptist Church – Swainsboro for 53 years. He was also a Mason and member of the Woodman of the World. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing, working in his yard, and being with his family. In addition to his parents, Ellis was preceded in death by his daughter, Harriett Deidra Ellis Bishop.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Agnes Ellis of Swainsboro; one son, Bonner “Tim” (Joy) Ellis of Flowery Branch; one daughter, Micki E. (Donald) Hall of Hoover, Alabama; one sister, Jean Still of Greenwood, South Carolina; one brother, Victor Ray Ellis of Maryland; three grandchildren, Lauren Deidra Whitlock, BriAnna Taylor (Adam) Lowrey, and Victoria Brooklyn Hall; two great-grandchildren, Ava Taylor Lowrey and Ana Kathleen Lowrey; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Pallbearers were Bobby Sasser, Al Henry, Stanley Holmes, Johnny McCuen, Bill Simmons, and Gene Ragsdale. Honorary pallbearers were Wyatt & Wanda Youngblood, Terri Leeder, Wyatt Rich, and Gene Simmons.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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