Lee Roy Ellis, 97 of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at his residence.
He was born in Iredell County, NC to the late Samuel Jarvis Ellis and Ida Mae Harris Ellis. Lee served in the U.S. Army, 322 Infantry Division, during WW II. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign with 2 Bronze Stars and several other ribbons and awards. Lee graduated from NC State University in 1954, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then moved to Chattanooga and his entire career was with TVA. He was a long time member of First Centenary United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Malone Ellis; second wife, Mary Owen Eidson Ellis; his siblings, Brennie Ellis Morrison, John Leonard Ellis, Jacob Bleonard Ellis, Mary Isabell Ellis Pierce and Thomas Ray Ellis and a nephew, Roger Morrison.
Survivors include his sister-in-law, Rachel Stikeleather Ellis, Stony Point, NC; his nephews, Carol Lynn Ellis, Stony Point, NC and Thomas Ellis, Mooresville, NC and his nieces, Janet Ellis (Steve) Wooten and Sandra Ellis Stafford, both of Statesville, NC.; special friends, John Kirby and Ed Kearns.
A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, October 7, in the funeral home chapel. He will then be taken to Statesville, NC for burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Centenary UMC, 419 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37402 or to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Lee’s caregivers, Gregg, Charlene, Gena, Chris, Melody, Vince, Dwight, Lloyd, Dajea and Becky, for their loving care and support. The family also wishes to say thank you to Hospice of Chattanooga for their care shown to Lee.
Please visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share words of comfort.
The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM Saturday, October 6, at Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.