Rev. James Norman Ellis, 98, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at River’s Bend Retirement Community in Kuttawa.
Born Sept. 8, 1920, in Gastonia, N.C., he was a son of the late James Clive Ellis and Dora Maud McLean Ellis. He had served as pastor in churches in western Kentucky for over 50 years, includingCadiz Baptist Church, Golden Pond, Canton, Oak Grove, Grand Rivers and Wallonia. He had served as interim pastor at 12 churches in Trigg County, McCracken County, Ballard County and Caldwell County. He was an Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jimmie Elizabeth Coulter Ellis in 2008; two brothers, Olen Ellis and Jack Ellis; and a sister, Betty Davis.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Penny Ellis of Cadiz; a daughter and son-in-law, Margot and Dwain McIntosh of Murray; three stepgrandchildren, Kevin McIntosh and Patti McIntosh of Murray, and Laurie O’Bryan and husband Ernie of Dexter; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Hannah Rose O’Bryan of Dexter; and a stepgreat-grandson, James Cory White of Hazel.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at Cadiz Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kyle Noffsinger, Rev. Boyd Smith, Jim Wallace and retired Justice Bill Cunningham officiating.
Burial will follow in East End Cemetery in Cadiz.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations in his memory to the church of the donor’s choice, or to the Trigg County Public Schools Educational Foundation and designated for the Rev. Norman and Jimmie Ellis Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 568, Cadiz, Ky. 42211.
Goodwin Funeral Home Inc. in Cadiz is in charge of arrangements.