Bill Ellis, longtime resident of Fairfax, passed Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at his home. He was 76 years of age.
Bill was born June 23, 1938 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Wilbur Joel Ellis and Bernice (Reagan) Ellis. His early education was in the Moyers School near Antlers, Oklahoma. He was married to Carrie Coleman on August 28, 1959 in Hominy, Oklahoma. He served his country in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Bill was a longtime mechanic in Fairfax but before he became a mechanic he was a cowboy on the Drummond Ranch. He was a frequent volunteer for the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping and Cavalcade. He was very active throughout the years with the high school booster club and was heavily involved in the Osage County 4H Club. Bill will lovingly be remembered for the many years running the yard marker chains at many Fairfax Red Devil and Woodland Cougar Football games. His enjoyments included fishing, taking others to the best hunting spots, and socializing with his coffee shop buddies.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carrie, of the home; two daughters, Kathy Shuffield and husband Jesse, of Borger, Texas and Julie Vice and husband Allen, of Claremore, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Natasha Hernandez and husband Nick, Jessica Vice and Kayla Vice; one great grandson Lucas Hernandez; three brothers, Don Ellis and wife Carol, of Willow Springs, Missouri, Richard Wynn and wife Kelly, of Skiatook, and Sam Wynn and wife Vicky, of Sapulpa; two sisters, JoAnn Turner and husband Jerry, of Greenville, Texas, and Mary Jane Carter of Hominy; other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant sister, Barbara.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Fairfax Cemetery with Rev. George Weston presiding. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Casket bearers are Allen Vice, Jesse Shuffield, Richard Wynn, Larry Dooley, Terry Dooley and Richard Gann. Honorary casket bearers are J. Berry Harrison, Turner Mashburn, Slick Fitzgerald, Glen Masters, Roger Green and Roger Noble.
The family requests no flowers, but memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to the First Christian Youth Group, 152 North 4th Street, Fairfax, Oklahoma 74637.