DENISON - Raymond Pittman "Pa" Ellis, 94, of Denison passed away on Friday July 11, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center.
He was born on August 14, 1919 to Forrest Pittman and Ida Angelina Poole Ellis in Gaffney, S.C. He received his education in South Carolina and was in the Navy during WWII. He married Mary Virginia McCollester in 1945 in Seattle Washington. Mr. Ellis worked as a powerhouse operator with the Corps of Engineers, and retired after 30 plus years of service. He loved gardening and music, especially playing the fiddle, and he also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He was very fond of and stayed up to date with modern technology , and he loved to read. The Masonic Lodge was a big part of his life too, he spent many years contributing his time and participating in lodge functions and fundraisers
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday at East Baptist Church with Rev. Brett Castle and Chaplain Hugh Moody officiating. Masonic services will be conducted by Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge #1152 at the church. Interment will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park with Military honors provided by the US Navy Honor Guard. Family visitation will be held Monday evening at Johnson-Moore funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ben Allen, Tim Neal, Bruce Lamance, Bubba Stevens, Joe Keitz, and Rodney Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be all of the Masonic Brothers.
Survivors include his son, Larry Ellis and wife, D'Ann of Pottsboro; daughters, Brenda Brady of Denison, and Barbara Chamberlain and her husband, Robert of Tallahassee, Fla.; sister, Annette Childers of Gaffney, S.C.; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary of 62 years; five brothers; and six sisters.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, PO Box 190567, Dallas, TX 75219-0567
Condolences may be registered to www.johnsonmoorefuneralhome.net.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home.