Mr. Ellis was born in New Milford, Pennsylvania to the late Benjamin F. Ellis Sr. and Clara Hall Ellis .
During his life, he lived in Schenectady, New York where he formerly worked for General Electric as a Guard and was a 40 year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1174. Mr. Ellis also served in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force and retired from the United States Army Reserves in 1984. Ben moved to Tullahoma in 1993 and was a member of Wesley Heights United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Bakeman Ellis and three brothers .
Mr. Ellis is survived by two daughters, Linda Cournoyer and husband Paul of Birmingham, AL and Lora Ross and husband Kenneth of Schenectady, New York; one sister, Harriet Nichols of New York; five grandchildren, Christina, Paul, Adelle, Julie and Ken; and four great-grandchildren, David, Dayton, Anthony and Elaina.
Visitation for Mr. Ellis will be Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 6:00pm in Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with the funeral service immediately following at 7:00pm with Bro. Jim Fields officiating.
For those who wish, donations may be made to Wesley Heights United Methodist Church, 2101 East Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Kilgore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.