Odessa Annetta Ellis
Mrs. Odessa Annetta Ellis, age 85 of Rector, Ark., joined her husband Mr. V.A. Ellis and her daughter Lela Sue Ellis, in heaven on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould, Ark. Born August 29, 1928 in Boydsville, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Orville Bryan and Ruth Marie Watson Stone. She was united in marriage to V.A. "Cooncy" Ellis on Oct. 22, 1946 and to this union six children were born. Mrs. Ellis was a housewife and enjoyed cooking, playing poker games, sewing, collecting cans, angels and knick-knacks.
She is survived by three daughters: Frances Burdin of Kennett, Mo., Mae Williams and husband Joel of Morton Grove, Ill. and Mamie Benson and husband Mike of Kennett, Mo.; two sons: Gene Ellis, Sr. of Rector, Ark. and Donald Ellis, Sr. and wife Tina of Hardin, Ky.; grandson that she raised, Donald Ellis, Jr.; two brothers: Rudy Stone of Paragould, Ark. and Ural Stone of French Village, Mo. and a special friend: John Himmelheber. Mrs. Ellis also leaves sixteen grandchildren, forty great-grandchildren and eighteen great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Ellis also leaves a host of other family and friends.
In addition to her parents, her husband, and daughter, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Ralph Stone and Raymond Arnold Stone.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at the First General Baptist Church in Rector, Ark. with Rev. Albert Johnson and Rev. Brad Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila, Ark. The family recieved visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening Jan. 31, 2014 at the church. Pallbearers were: Gene Ellis, Jr., Hunter Ellis, Joel Williams, Jr., Michael Benson, Jr., Mark Benson and Larry Ellis. Honorary pallbearers were J.T. Williams, Ed Ellis, Jack Burdin, Jr., Stacey Burdin and Alan Burdin.