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Joseph Porter Ellis, Jr.

Nashville, TN

Joseph Porter Ellis, Jr., age 97, passed away on August 19, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Porter, a life-long Nashvillian, attended Isaac Litton High School and Vanderbilt University. He enlisted in the US Army during WWII, completing Officer Candidate School and rose to the rank of Captain in charge of a large platoon stationed in Burma. The platoon was the first down the Burma Road. After the war, Porter returned to Nashville where he began a nearly 40 yr. career with Life and Casualty Insurance Co., becoming Vice-President in the mortgage loan department. He was a deacon at Belmont Heights Baptist Church for many years. He was a charter member of Hillwood Country Club and served as President. It must also be noted that he was an avid golfer who played into his eighties!

These achievements notwithstanding, Porter's greatest accomplishment was his legacy as a father. His long lasting love and commitment to his family, whether children, step-children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, is legendary. As a comforter, supporter, advocate, consultant, golfing buddy, dance partner or whatever was needed at the moment, he was trusted, admired and loved. For this he will always be cherished.

Porter was preceded in death by his parents (Joseph Porter Ellis, Sr. and Elia Wood Watkins); his only sibling (James Wood Ellis); his first wife of 37 years (Gertrude Alexine Hanifin); and his beloved mother-in-law (Sallie Martin Gupton Hanifin).

Porter is survived by his three children, Jo Sanders, Lynn (Phil) Robison, and David (Carol) Ellis; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his wife of 36 years, Mary Jo Carr; four step-children, Joe Brady, Tom (Caroline) Brady, Steve (Ellen) Brady, Susan (Brad) Broyles; 5 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful, as was Porter, for the devoted and trusted care given by Cindy Matheny during his last years.

A gathering of friends and family will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 4 - 6 p.m., at Hillwood Country Club. A private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service, open to all friends at 11:30 a.m., in the Woodlawn Chapel. Graveside and Memorial Services will be conducted by Porter's beloved nephew, Dr. George Williamson, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

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Published in The Tennessean from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2014
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