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SCPO Navy Ret. Melton Everett Ellis

1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
SCPO Navy Ret. Melton Everett Ellis Obituary
SCPO, Navy Ret., Melton Everett Ellis

San Angelo, TX

Born November 28, 1930, Melton Everett Ellis finished his work on this earth and left us for his eternal patrol on September 13th, 2018. Mel's journey began in a humble, dirt-floored home near McAlester, Oklahoma as an only child to Ruben Lee and Naomi Elec Ellis. Mel never forgot where he came from and was always generous with others less fortunate than he. Leaving high school early in favor of a GED, Mel joined the Navy at age 17. During his tenure in the Navy, Chief Ellis caught the eye of the love of his life, Carol Ann Dodds, and the two were married on September 28, 1962. Mel served his country honorably for 23 years in the Philippines, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Hawaii, Alaska, in submarines and stateside with both the Navy and the Marines.

After returning to civilian life, Mel worked as a Research Assistant for Oklahoma State Penitentiary while he attended classes at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant Oklahoma. Mel received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and entered the business world. Mel had a knack for business and, after saving a business from the brink of bankruptcy he decided it was time to start his own. Mel (affectionately known as "The Warden") would start, grow and sell two successful San Angelo businesses in the Medical Equipment field before retiring in 1996.

Mel's children include Kathleen Faith Carrico "Kitty" and Melton Everett Ellis, Jr. "Butch". He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter Kitty and her husband Lance along with their children Shannon and Jack and Butch's children Shelly, Kelly and Scott. His beloved Carol and Kitty stood by Mel and cared for him until his glorious reunion in Heaven with his Christ, parents, son Butch and numerous friends and family members who have gone before him.

A visitation will be held Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Harper Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Monday, September 17, 2018 at Harper Funeral Home with burial to follow at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. The family wishes to thank Dr. John Harvey for his exceptionally compassionate care and Hospice of San Angelo for their help and support.

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Published in GoSanAngelo from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018
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