EAST PRAIRIE - Harold Benjamin Ellis, 82, died June 29, 2004, at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston after an extended illness.
He was born April 30, 1922, in East Prairie to James Ellis and Frona Orsborn Ellis, who preceded him in death.
On Oct. 25, 1943, in East Prairie, he married the love of his life, Nina Douglas. To this union three children were born.
Surviving are: two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda and Joseph Stewart of Sarasota, Fla., and Kathy Ditto of East Prairie; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Linda Ellis of East Prairie; one sister, Helen Nettles of Harahan, La.; two precious granddaughters, Jody Ditto of St. Louis and Cynthia Hensley of Clinton, Ky.; one very special great-grandchild, Bradley Haney of East Prairie; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and five brothers.
Harold brought joy and laughter to all that were blessed to know him. He was well known for his sense of humor and always had a joke or a story to tell to entertain his friends and family. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was nothing short of a hero to his grandchildren. He touched many lives. A guitarist for many years at his church, he enjoyed planting his garden, gathering pecans from his trees, making things in his shop and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by many.
Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at the Shelby Funeral Home in East Prairie where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday. Bob Rich and Mike John will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Ray, Finley Brown, Darren Haney, Raymond and Shelby Ellis, David Brown and his grandson Bradley Haney.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie and Bobby Stockman and Johnny Jackson.