Local Historian Passes Away

Ellis Jr., William Mayo Chubby

RICHLAND – William Mayo Chubby Ellis Jr., 84, died Aug. 15, 2009, at the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield. Graveside services are Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Douglas officiating. Visitation is today [Monday the 17th] from 5-8 p.m. at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home.

Mr. Ellis was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Macon to the late William Mayo and Gladys Beard Ellis Sr. He attended Franklin Academy and Lee High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1949. While at Ole Miss, Chubby served as assistant registrar and played linebacker on the football team that won the SEC Championship in 1947.

He was a veteran of World War II serving as a flight engineer and top turret gunner on a B-17 with the 340th squadron, 97th bomber group, and 5th wing of the 15th Air Force in Italy.

He compiled the book, “Lowndes County Mississippi, a photographic reminiscence of 150 years of Lowndes County”. In 1983, he compiled the book, “The History of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Business” for the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.

He coached football at several high school and junior colleges in Mississippi and was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus and, prior to his death, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richland.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Ellis, of Richland; sons, William Mayo Ellis III, of Alexandria, La. and Chuck Ellis, of Columbus; daughter, Stacy Ellis Burns, of Richland; sister, Frances Hardy, of Columbus; and nine grandchildren. Pallbearers are grandsons and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Richland, MS Highway 49 South Richland, MS 39218.

Published in the Commercial Dispatch on 8/17/2009

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