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Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX

OBITUARY

Michael Ray Ellis

October 12, 1942March 12, 2020

Michael Ray Ellis of Yorktown passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020. Mike was born in Houston, TX on October 12, 1942. His parents were Leola & Carlton Ellis. Mike grew up on the Island, Galveston or as he often called it “Big G”. Mike loved kids and he dearly loved teaching. He actually began teaching when he was just a kid himself. He taught crafts to the younger kids at summer YMCA camp in Galveston. Later he taught many kids to swim in the same YMCA summer program. These experiences launched his life’s work, teaching. His teaching career began in Galveston where he taught wood shop while coaching football & track. Later he taught drafting & coached at Robert E Lee in Baytown. He ended his teaching career at Ross S Sterling in Baytown teaching drafting & AutoCAD. Little Mike Ellis, as some may remember him, was a force to be reckoned with on the football field. He loved the sport and played as hard as he could in every game all through his years at Ball High and later at Texas A&I Kingsville. Mike was a proud Tor and a very proud Javelina. Mike’s hobby was woodworking. He loved wood & wood carving. He found peace when just being in his barn on the bayou working with his hands creating beautiful hand carved pieces of art. Family was the glue that held Mike’s life together. He treasured his family. Surviving is wife of almost 55 years Carol. Sons Greg of Cuero, Kyle (Connie) of Beach City, granddaughters Madelyn of Austin & Hannah of Katy. Also surviving are sisters Kay Rekoff, Camille Haglund & brother Jeff all of Galveston. Brother Walter of Flint. He loved all his nieces & nephews. Mike was so blessed to have touched so many lives & made so many friends along the way. Mike was a loud gregarious fun guy. He loved life, he loved hunting, dancing, cooking and most especially a good cold beer! A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a favorite charity. Arrangements provided by Navarre Funeral Home – Baytown

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Donald Gavin

March 15, 2020

PeggyLaRue and I want to express are sincere sympathy for the loss of Mike. Since I lived in Port Bolivar during our high school years, I spent several nights at The Ellis Family Home. Those two a days during the summer football practice at Ball were ‘Hell’. Thankfully, Mike had his usual friendly, outgoing, and ‘Heart of Gold’ personality that took myself and several other teammates to his home for the duration of those exhausting days. I have fond memories of those times spent with Mike....and the delicious breakfasts his Mom would always make for us. Heaven has received a very unique soul. Thoughts and Prayers for all y’all. 💜💜

David Smith

March 15, 2020

Mike enriched the purpose of us coaching in a way that I have always carried with me. He was a real coach, full of passion for all players. Thanks to the family for letting us share many long hour coaching days.

Fred Nuesch

March 14, 2020

Deepest sympathy to Mike's family from all of Javelina Nation.

Samdra Rister

March 13, 2020

I worked with Mike at Sterling. He was so much fun to be around. I can still hear his laugh. He always had something to say, a joke to tell or a trick to play on someone. Prayers for Carol and all the family.
Sandra Rister

Carrie McRay

March 13, 2020

Mike Ellis was a funny, lovable, huggable big guy with a huge heart. I always enjoyed being he and Carol's neighbor on the bayou. He was a devoted husband, father and teacher. He will be greatly missed.
Carrie McRay

Stella Radle

March 13, 2020

Carol I am so sorry to hear about Mike. I pray for peace and comfort at this time. I know how hard it is but God is always with you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY