Born in Brinkley, Ark., Dec. 24, 1936, he was the son of the late Richard Owen Augustus Ellis Sr. and the late Cora Elledge Ellis. Preceding him in death are his parents; his sisters, Betty Faulkner, Maggie Stephens and Cassie Morris; his nephews, Leon Coates and Eddie Roberts; and his aunt, Nora Ellis.
Mr. Ellis served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He attended Cornerstone Baptist Church.
He is survived by his one love, Roxie Wade; his son and daughter-in-law, Richie and Buffey Jo Ellis of Centre, Ala.; his daughters and sons-in-law, Tina Ellis of Cartersville, Annette and Billy Bridges of Folsom, Debbie and Kenneth Jenkins of Fairmount and Michelle Berrong of Kingston; his sisters, Bessie Sites of Byhalia, Miss., and Jean Roberts of Sheridan, Ark.; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Rev. Keith Milner officiating. Burial will follow in Brinkley, Ark.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Please join Mr. Ellis' family in celebrating his life by visiting www.jenningsfuneralhome.com to post tributes.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 430 Cassville Road, Cartersville, is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Richard O.A. Ellis Jr.