Donald Ray Ellis, Sr.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Donald Ray Ellis, Sr., born February 25, 1953, received his wings March 7, 2019, at the age of 66 years and 10 days. Donald was born at Leonard, Ark., and lived all his young adult life in Rector. Donald had been fighting Parkinson disease and other health issues past 15 years and recently was moved to Oakview Nursing and Rehab in Calvert City, Ky.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, V. A. “Cooncy” and Odessa (Stone) Ellis, and infant sister Lela Sue.

Survivors include his wife, Tenia; and two sons, John and Lucas of Hardin, Ky.

Donald was loved and will be missed by his loving family, including his sons, Donald Ellis, Jr., of Rector, and Ed (Ashley Smith) Ellis, of Fulton, Ky.; stepson, Jonathan Lee of Fulton, Ky.; brother, Gene Ellis Sr., of Rector; sisters, Frances Burdin of Kennett, Mo.; Mae (Joel) Williams of Morton Grove, Ill.; and Mamie (Michael) Benson, of Kennett, Mo. He is also survived by his special nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Donald was looking forward to welcoming his first grandchild in April.

Interment was Saturday, March 9, at Unity Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Hardin, Ky., with Rev Wayne Hopkins officiating.

Collier Funeral Home, Benton, Ky., was in charge of arrangements.