Ellis Gunnels

January 6, 1923August 20, 2013
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Ellis Warren Gunnels, 90, of Houston, Texas died peacefully in the early hours of August 20, 2013.

He was born January 6, 1923 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas to Ellie Warren Gunnels and Velma Gladys McClelland Gunnels. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Evelyn, and three children, Stephen Hugh Gunnels, Martha Jean Gunnels Germick and Philip Eugene Gunnels, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, Texas in 1940 and enrolled in the class of 1944 engineering school, Texas A&M. The entire class of 1944 enlisted in the U. S. Military in their junior year. Ellis served his country proudly during WWII in the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After the war Ellis and Evelyn returned to College Station to complete his degree, which he received in 1947.

Ellis began a long, rewarding career with Texaco at the Port Arthur Refinery as a power engineer where he settled down and started his family. After a transfer to the Marketing Department Ellis was given assignments of increasing responsibility, finally becoming Vice President of Marketing USA a role in which he served until his retirement in 1987.

In retirement Ellis and Evelyn enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, spending time in Galveston and at their cabin hideaway in the mountains of New Mexico. They have enjoyed a close relationship with their children and grandchildren, taking them on about ten Caribbean cruises making many treasured memories.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.


  • Visitation Friday, August 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 24, 2013

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August 28, 2013

I worked with Ellis for many years with Texaco., he was a great friend. Please accept my condolences.

Bob Larsen

August 28, 2013

Dear Evelyn and family, I share your sorrows and your loss of a great husband,great father and a great friend ,We share a lot of wonderful memories. Do you remember the trip to Los cruses in that snow storm I asked him since the weather is so bad, may be I should not come. He said Oh no all the roads are clear .later I thought and said how could tell looking through his kitchen window?Ellis,my dear friend it was an honor and a pleasure to know you , have wonderful journey. Sabiha

Domonic Ware

August 26, 2013

May God bless your heart during this hard time, Ms. Evelyn and Gunnels family. Your family became a big part of my life over the years I cared for Mr.Gunnels. Actually of all the people I've cared for Mr.Gunnels was the most caring, loving, and down to earth. I also can't forget intelligent because each morning he had a new history question to ask me. Mr. Gunnels will forever be missed. May he rest in perfect peace.

Steve & Lyn Davies

August 23, 2013

Knowing how close you were with your father, he will leave a great void in your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

August 23, 2013

Phil, I'm really sorry to hear about your father's passing. I enjoyed the many times that you shared stories of your father during those years with Texaco. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kevin and Barbara Moreau

August 23, 2013

A visionary and great leader. I overheard him telling a co-worker " What do you call an Aggie after he has graduated" I do not know. "Boss" answered Ellis.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave Gubser

pat howard

August 23, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

August 23, 2013

Dear Evelyn,
Bob and I extend our condolences to you and your wonderful family in your loss.
Nita and Bob Smith

Bill Krenek

August 22, 2013

Phil and family,
I am sorry to hear of Ellis' death. He was a man of great vision and it was a pleasure to be a part of the many things he created at Texaco. I have very fond memories of our first foray into NASCAR with the Allison's and the Indy Car circuit with Tom Sneva. Ellis also made many trips with us to evaluate future technologies that we used to automate the service stations and other downstream assets. He was a great leader and a great man. May the Holy Spirit grant you peace and comfort...

Kathy McLean

August 22, 2013

Dear Evelyn, I was so sorry to learn that your dear husband had passed away. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Altho I didn't know Ellis, I have a feeling that he was a wonderful husband and Father. Love to you.