OBITUARY

Thomas Harrison Ellis Jr.

September 12, 1943January 8, 2020
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Thomas Harrison Ellis Jr., age 76, of Tool, Texas passed away on Wednesday January 8, 2020. Thomas was born September 12, 1943 in Walland, Tennessee to T. H. Ellis and Kate Ellis, one of thirteen children. Thomas attended Porter High School, in Maryville, Tennessee, and his first jobs included driving a coal truck for the family business, and a boat delivery truck for a local distributor before joining his brothers Dave and J.R. in Dallas. Thomas' first job in Dallas was for the Sweetheart Cup Company, where he worked for many years. After leaving Sweetheart Cup he moved on to Reliance Electric, which changed ownership a few times during his employment, and was known as Rockwell Automation at the time of his retirement.

In Dallas he married Helen Flores, on May 17, 1970 and the couple had two children, Mark and Tom.

After retiring from Rockwell Automation, Thomas moved to Tool, Texas, where he enjoyed his retirement by Cedar Creek Lake. There he cultivated a community around his love of music, and fellowship, where many will remember him for his broad smile, and as the founder of the Oak Shore Drive Happy Hour Club.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, and numerous brothers and sisters; and is survived by his ex-wife, Helen Foley, of Dallas, Texas; siblings Sam Ellis, who resides in Atlanta, Georgia; Edward Ellis, who resides in Bulls Gap, Tennessee; Katherine Williams, who resides in Dandridge, Tennessee; Dortha Gilland, who resides in Newport, Tennessee; and Kenneth Ellis, who resides Powell, Tennessee. He is also survived by his sons, Mark Luna, of Dallas, Texas; Tom Ellis, of Bryan, Texas; his "furry son," Cedric Wayne Ellis, of Tool, Texas; and his granddaughters Erica Peña, of Dallas, Texas; and Rebecca Luna, of San Antonio, Texas; as well numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be most remembered for his love of music, in wide and varied forms; his infectious smile, jovial spirit, and commitment to friends and family; and his deep support for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

A visitation for Thomas will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Grove Hill Funeral Home, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228. A funeral service will occur Friday, January 17, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228. A committal service will occur Friday, January 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Grove-Hill.com for the Ellis family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, January 17, 2020

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Edward Guffey

January 20, 2020

I have known Tommy for a lot of years he was always a good friend
we went to school together and played ball My brother Virgil would
walk to the store get a coke then Tommy and his brother and us
would go out on the porch and talk for hours. his sister died and the
family came home we sat on the porch and talked again it was like
the old day's He said that the family would come back again for a
reunion he would let me know we could get together again and talk
about the old day's I have been waiting on him to call then I was told
that he passed away. Tommy will be missed he was a great friend
Edward Guffey

Elizabeth Bradley

January 16, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing all of the pictures and particularly the older ones and the pictures of all 13 of the children. They are such a wonderful family. Tommy was always a bright light wherever he was. God bless you all. Liz

Debbie and Bobby Bradley

January 16, 2020

Uncle Tommy could always light up a room with his smile and great attitude. We will miss him. Hugs and love to his children and brothers and sisters.

Shannon Wehr

January 16, 2020

Shannon Wehr

January 16, 2020

Uncle Tommy was the best! He was caring, kind, loving, I could go on and on! I'm going to miss him so very much! I love you Uncle Tommy! I sure am going to miss you!

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