W.C. Ellis
April 23, 1931 - December 5, 2010

W.C. Ellis, 79, passed away on December 5, 2010 after a several year battle with cancer.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service set for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 11 at Clay United Methodist Church located at 169 Highway 148, Clay, Louisiana.

He entered and left this life at his beloved home in Clay, Louisiana early on a bright and crisp Sunday morning. The cows he loved so much were just outside his window with their regular morning greeting.

W. C. was born April 23, 1931, the second child of James and Ledie Ellis, representing the third generation of Ellis' to work the Northeast Louisiana farmland. Bill's mother was tragically killed in a car accident when he was 6. As a result, their father and the extended family of strong and intelligent Ellis women raised W.C., and his sister, Anne Lois. The unique family arrangement contributed enormously to the exceptional man, husband and father he would become.

Many friends and extended family that provided the love surrounded him early in his life, and example set by hard work, family bond and strength of community. It would be these values upon which he lived each and every day of his life.

After attending High School at Quitman, La., he studied at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute where he received his bachelor's degree in 1953. He received his master's degree in 1955 and his doctorate in 1958 at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

While at the University of Missouri, he met the girl of his dreams, Bobbie Louise Scroggins. Ironically, both grew up only minutes from each other in North Louisiana but met while Bobbie was a student at Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri. They married in 1955 and shared 55 wonderful years together.

In 1958 W.C. was awarded a NATO Post Doctoral Fellowship at Rowett Research Institute, Buckburn in Aberdeen, Scotland. He and his wife and daughter, Linda spent a year living abroad and traveling throughout Europe.

In 1959, the family returned to the U.S. where W. C. began his new post with Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He devoted the next 48 years to his love of Animal Science in research and teaching in the specific area of ruminant nutrition.

It was during these same years he and his wife raised their three children, Linda Louise Ellis Grumbles, Pamela Ann Ellis Maunz, and William Keith Ellis. They were active members of the United Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas.

W.C. touched the lives of many people with his warmth, kindness and sense of humor. He was fortunate to have friends and colleagues all over the world.

W.C. is survived by his wife, Bobbie Louise Scroggins Ellis of Clay, Louisiana. His children, Linda Louise Ellis Grumbles and husband, Randy, of Celina, Texas, Pamela Ann Ellis Maunz and husband, Eric, of West Monroe, Louisiana and William Keith Ellis and wife, Debra, of College Station, Texas; grandchildren, Tina Louise McMahon and husband, Donald, of Celina, Texas, Brandon Reid Grumbles and wife, Elizabeth, of Celina, Texas, Victoria Paige Maunz and Christian Ellis Maunz, both of West Monroe, Louisiana, Avery Brooke Ellis, Ethan Parker Ellis and Elijah Keith Ellis, all of College Station, Texas; and his great-grandchildren, Mia Louise McMahon, Patrick Ryan McMahon and Ansley Aaron McMahon of Celina, Texas, Mason Reid Grumbles and Army Ellison of Celina, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to the Clay United Methodist Church, Attention Brenda Atkins, Treasurer, 2388 Highway 818, Ruston, Louisiana 71270.

Edmonds Funeral Home, 228 Allen Avenue, Jonesboro, LA., 71251 For information call, 800 685-7550


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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2010.
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On the tenth anniversary of the passing of Dr. W, C Ellis, major professor in my PhD program at Texas A&M University, I want to say that I continue to remember his teachings that were instrumental in my professional career. He has been an inspiration in my career as a researcher that since 2007 came to an end with my retirement.
Carlos E Lascano
Student
December 3, 2020
The greatest teacher I have ever known
Dennis McCarthy
Student
December 14, 2018
Dennis McCarthy
Student
December 14, 2018
As a former graduate student at Texas A&M I was very sad to learn that my former adviser Dr. Bill Ellis had passed away. He was a brilliant and innovative researcher and an inspiring teacher of many students from different countries. My career as a researcher was always inspired on the teachings of a great professor.
Carlos Lascano
December 21, 2010
From a former student, one out of many who gained knowledge and experience in the most kindhearted ways from Dr. Ellis. A very sad loss. Will always miss him.
Francisco Ysunza
December 13, 2010
Eric and Pam, i am so sorry to hear about your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. jeff mcgee(lexington,n .c.)
December 13, 2010
Dear Pam,
We just learned of your father passing. We are so sorry. Our prayers are with you and your family.
God Bless,
Vance, Wanda, and Janna Smith
December 10, 2010
Pam and Eric, we just learned of your dad passing. We are so sorry. You and your family will be in our prayers.
God Bless,
Vance,Wanda, & Janna Smith
December 10, 2010
My prayers are with the Ellis family. Mr Ellis was one of the kindest men I knew and treated me like one of his own kids whenever I spent time at his house or when he let me come along on a trip to his Louisiana farm. God bless him and his family.
James Beeler
December 9, 2010
I knew Dr. Ellis while he was at Texas A&M and I thought so much of him. He touched all of our lives that he interacted with. I am so sorry to hear about his passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Debbie Adkins
December 9, 2010
Pam & Keith,

My prayers are with you and your family. I'm sorry for your loss.

God Bless you!
Martha Decker-Dobrovolsky
December 9, 2010
Dr. Ellis and his family were our neighbors for several years on North Avenue in Bryan. He was a kind, funny man and we kids always enjoyed being around him. My thoughts are with his family during this sad time.
Marsha Moyer
December 8, 2010
Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God give you comfort knowing your Dad is home and pain free. With my deepest sympathy.
Valerie Noyes-Gerbig
December 8, 2010
So sad to hear about Dr. Ellis. I was his secretary at A&M for several years and he was a loving and fair man. He will be missed. Thinking of him and his family.
Sandra Hoelscher
December 8, 2010