Harold Ellis, Sr., 83, of Springfield, formerly of Divernon, passed away at 3:43 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Harold was born August 9, 1936 in Clinton, TN, the son of Roy Marshal and Elizabeth “Bessie” Sarah (Cox) Ellis. He was raised and lived in the Clinton, TN area until he was a young man, when he moved to Divernon. Harold married Ruth Ann Myers on September 19, 1986 in Divernon. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2016. Harold drove a semi-truck for many different companies over the year, including for Cox and G & G. He also drove independently for a number of years. During this time, he also farmed and was the owner and operator of Harold’s Automotive in Divernon. Harold attended the First Baptist Church of Divernon for many years with Ruth.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold Ellis, Jr.; brother, Don Ellis; and sister, Mary R. Ellis.
Harold is survived by his son, Rich (wife, Ann) Ganther of Morrisonville; daughters, Loretta (husband, John) England of Toulon, Peggy Sue Ganther of Macomb, Rena (husband, Paul) Eskew of Bolivia, Annie Rutherford of Springfield, and Evon Ellis of Springfield; granddaughter, Nichole Ellis Tennison; grandson, Steven Wayne Ellis and 13 other grandchildren; several great grandchildren; brother, Roy Marshal Ellis, Jr. of Chatham; sisters, Willie Mae “Billie” Butler of Virden, Georgie K. Palmer of Divernon, Marie Bietsch of Bradenton, FL, Linda Spike of Bainbridge, GA, Nancy Barnwell of Eastpoint, FL, and Bobbie Padjen of East Dundee; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Brush Creek Cemetery in Divernon.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Family of Harold Ellis, Sr. c/o Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, PO Box 20, Morrisonville, IL 62546.
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