OBITUARY

Thomas Francis Ellis

August 10, 1920July 12, 2018

THOMAS FRANCIS ELLIS, well-loved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2018. Born in Alameda, California on August 10, 1920, he was the son of the late William C. Ellis and Debra O’Keefe Ellis. He was a graduate of The Hill School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity and Rex of Gimghoul Castle. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II assigned to the USS Moosehead. After retiring from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant, he attended and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Tom’s career in law began in private practice with notable attorneys including Joseph B. Cheshire, IV and J.C.B. Ehringhaus, Jr. Later Tom became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Eventually Tom joined Armistead Maupin and W. W. Taylor, Jr. to found the firm of Maupin, Taylor & Ellis where he actively practiced for many years. After leaving Maupin, Taylor & Ellis, he joined the firm of Ogletree Deakins for a short time until his retirement in 2009. He was recognized by the N.C. State Bar as a practicing attorney for over fifty years. He was a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Tom was passionate about his faith, his family, politics and golf. His church homes included St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Tom was a long standing member of the Bible Study Fellowship and The Men’s Study. Tom loved his country and contributed in no small way to the political careers and successes of, among others, Senators Jesse Helms, John East, and Lauch Faircloth. Perhaps his greatest moment was joining with Senator Helms to keep Ronald Reagan’s political career viable by orchestrating a Reagan win in the 1976 North Carolina primary thus setting the stage for Reagan to run again and be elected President in 1980.

Tom was a long standing member of the Carolina Country Club and an avid golfer. Hanging on the wall of his den was the framed score card memorializing Tom shooting 70 at age 70. He was also proud of his hole in one in 2001. Tom was an original member of the N.C. State Running Club with trophies for finishing, not winning.

Tom married his UNC sweetheart, Jinnette Garland Hood who predeceased him on February 28, 2012. They enjoyed over sixty years of marriage and Jinnette was always quick to remind “Beaver” that it was the convertible and sack of records that won her love for him. Survivors include his daughter, Debra Ellis Boyle and husband, The Honorable T. W. Boyle; son, M. H. Hood Ellis and wife, Anne Detgen Ellis; a special niece, Adair Atwell Beutel; a special nephew, Thomas H. Ellis; granddaughters Anna Boyle Roberts, Holt Ellis Kolb, Hannah Ellis Sargazakov, and Britton D. Ellis; grandsons William Ellis Boyle, Thomas Patrick Boyle and Marshall Hood Ellis; and eleven great grandchildren.

The Ellis family expresses its love and appreciation to the wonderful friends and caregivers who loved and devoted their lives to making Jinnette (Mamama) and Tom (Boopa) comfortable in their later years: The head angel who made it all happen, Patricia Hawkins; Deborah Cannady; Cita Pettiford, Patricia Bulluck, Martha Davis, Dr James Parsons and Transitions Life Care (especially Carrie Baker and Julie Hartzell). In addition, the Ellis family wishes to express its love and appreciation to Joe Knott, Tom Farr, Bob Harris, Donna Joyner, Peggy Grady, George Worth, Rick Lewis, Jim Roberts, Donald J. Freeman, Jr., Peggy Lou Nowell and The Rev. Claudia Greggs for their thoughtful conversations, visits and outings with Tom.

A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at 1:00 pm. on Monday, July 16, 2018. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the Ellis home. Memorial donations may be sent to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 100 E. Peace St., Raleigh, N.C. 27604 or the Tammy Lynn Center, 739 Chappell Dr. Raleigh, N.C. 27606.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include his daughter, Debra Ellis Boyle and husband, The Honorable T. W. Boyle; son, M. H. Hood Ellis and wife, Anne Detgen Ellis; a special niece, Adair Atwell Beutel; a special nephew, Thomas H. Ellis; granddaughters Anna Boyle Roberts, Holt Ellis Kolb, Hannah Ellis Sargazakov, and Britton D. Ellis; grandsons William Ellis Boyle, Thomas Patrick Boyle and Marshall Hood Ellis; and eleven great grandchildren.

Services

  • Graveside Service Monday, July 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Eric Evenson

August 28, 2018

God bless Mr. Ellis. He would say "If not me, who? If not now, when?" He was one man who made a difference.

Mitch Hatchett

July 18, 2018

I was a courier at Maupin Taylor while in college in the early '90s and was somewhat intimidated by Mr Ellis considering his accomplishments. Once I actually met him, however he treated me with as much respect as his contemporaries. Even many years later I would see him at Bible Study Fellowship and he would remember this former courier's name and go out of his way to say 'hello'. Mr. Ellis was not only highly intellectual and accomplished, he was caring, gracious, humble and one of the most classy gentlemen I have had the pleasure of knowing. This world has lost, but Heaven has gained a terrific man!

Charles R

July 17, 2018

To the families and loved ones of Mr Ellis, who we know will be dearly missed. It's in these times that we all are in great need of comfort. And almighty God has promised at revelation 21:4 that he will wipe away all our tears. So,you can take great comfort in drawing close to God in prayer. My deepest condolences to all of your loved ones.

Beth Taylor

July 15, 2018

De bbie, Hood & families
Thinking of each of you, sorry I can't attend the service Monday. I am going to
be at the beach for several days with Gordon & Libby. Our prayers are with
you. Mr. Ellis was a wonderful person. Peace. Beth, Gordon & Libby

DonaldR FreemanJr

July 13, 2018

Ellis Family:

My sincere prayers are with you during this difficult time in your life! I always enjoyed my visits with Mr. Ellis. He always made me feel welcomed in his home. I will forever cherish those conversations we shared!!

May God's love ever abide!

Love Dj

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Biography

THOMAS FRANCIS ELLIS, well-loved father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2018. Born in Alameda, California on August 10, 1920, he was the son of the late William C. Ellis and Debra O’Keefe Ellis. He was a graduate of The Hill School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity and Rex of Gimghoul Castle. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II assigned to the USS Moosehead. After retiring from the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant, he attended and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Tom’s career in law began in private practice with notable attorneys including Joseph B. Cheshire, IV and J.C.B. Ehringhaus, Jr. Later Tom became Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Eventually Tom joined Armistead Maupin and W. W. Taylor, Jr. to found the firm of Maupin, Taylor & Ellis where he actively practiced for many years. After leaving Maupin, Taylor & Ellis, he joined the firm of Ogletree Deakins for a short time until his retirement in 2009. He was recognized by the N.C. State Bar as a practicing attorney for over fifty years. He was a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Tom was passionate about his faith, his family, politics and golf. His church homes included St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Tom was a long standing member of the Bible Study Fellowship and The Men’s Study. Tom loved his country and contributed in no small way to the political careers and successes of, among others, Senators Jesse Helms, John East, and Lauch Faircloth. Perhaps his greatest moment was joining with Senator Helms to keep Ronald Reagan’s political career viable by orchestrating a Reagan win in the 1976 North Carolina primary thus setting the stage for Reagan to run again and be elected President in 1980.

Tom was a long standing member of the Carolina Country Club and an avid golfer. Hanging on the wall of his den was the framed score card memorializing Tom shooting 70 at age 70. He was also proud of his hole in one in 2001. Tom was an original member of the N.C. State Running Club with trophies for finishing, not winning.

Tom married his UNC sweetheart, Jinnette Garland Hood who predeceased him on February 28, 2012. They enjoyed over sixty years of marriage and Jinnette was always quick to remind “Beaver” that it was the convertible and sack of records that won her love for him. Survivors include his daughter, Debra Ellis Boyle and husband, The Honorable T. W. Boyle; son, M. H. Hood Ellis and wife, Anne Detgen Ellis; a special niece, Adair Atwell Beutel; a special nephew, Thomas H. Ellis; granddaughters Anna Boyle Roberts, Holt Ellis Kolb, Hannah Ellis Sargazakov, and Britton D. Ellis; grandsons William Ellis Boyle, Thomas Patrick Boyle and Marshall Hood Ellis; and eleven great grandchildren.

The Ellis family expresses its love and appreciation to the wonderful friends and caregivers who loved and devoted their lives to making Jinnette (Mamama) and Tom (Boopa) comfortable in their later years: The head angel who made it all happen, Patricia Hawkins; Deborah Cannady; Cita Pettiford, Patricia Bulluck, Martha Davis, Dr James Parsons and Transitions Life Care (especially Carrie Baker and Julie Hartzell). In addition, the Ellis family wishes to express its love and appreciation to Joe Knott, Tom Farr, Bob Harris, Donna Joyner, Peggy Grady, George Worth, Rick Lewis, Jim Roberts, Donald J. Freeman, Jr., Peggy Lou Nowell and The Rev. Claudia Greggs for their thoughtful conversations, visits and outings with Tom.

A graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery at 1:00 pm. on Monday, July 16, 2018. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the Ellis home. Memorial donations may be sent to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 100 E. Peace St., Raleigh, N.C. 27604 or the Tammy Lynn Center, 739 Chappell Dr. Raleigh, N.C. 27606.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC.