Longtime Local Journalist Louise Ellis Dead at 87

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Louise Ellis

Long time local newspaper reporter Louise Ellis died Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro. She was 87. A native of Piggott, she was one of the original employees when The Piggott Times was formed, and had a hand in crafting the first issue in May of 1967. She remained as a valued employee of the local newspaper for many years, and was a key part of the publication until her retirement.

Always known as a professional journalist, her writing and photography was featured in hundreds of editions of the local paper. In seeking to do her job to the best of her ability, she went above-and-beyond many times. A good example are the photos of the crash of the USAF C-130 transport in the summer of 1971 west of Piggott, as she braved a flight in a crop duster to capture the images of the wreckage from above.

On Christmas Eve of 1952, she was united in marriage to Rev. J.D. Ellis. In the years which followed she worked alongside her husband at a number of area churches, including Piggott General Baptist Church, Mary's Chapel and Union Home. It was during these years that she also formed many life long friendships.

Visitation and funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to Louise’s favorite charity, St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105; to any pet shelter; or to a charity of the giver's choice.

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