Ralph Douglas Ellis, 87, passed away today, January 8, 2016 at his residence. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 3 PM at the Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Rev. William Smith and Rev. Duane Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Sowhatchee Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral Home.
Serving as Active pallbearers are; Arthur Brackin, J.C. Freeman, Joey Freeman, Curtis Freeman, Paul Smith, Lynwood English, Sammy Williams and James Weaver. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Willis, Milton Anderson, David Still, Terry Ferguson and William Powell.
Mr. Ellis was born April 2, 1928 in the Sowhatchee Community in Early County to the late Cleve E. Ellis and Daisy Bell Temples Ellis He was a farmer and a member of Zion Free Will Baptist Church. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Lillian Williams, Thelma Freeman and Gracie Hadden also by 2 brothers; Charlie Ellis and Wilson Ellis.
Mr. Ellis is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Hazel English Ellis of Blakely. 2 sons; Mike Ellis and Steve Ellis and his wife Starla all of Blakely, a brother, Roscell (Buddy) Ellis of Blakely and by 2 grandsons: Randall Ellis and Fiancée Bailey Barrett and Ethan Ellis of Blakely. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends also survive.