Services for Leroy Ellis, 71, were held Monday, July 8, 2013, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Grove Cemetery with Pastor Harry Stevenson of Rockdale Christian Church officiating.

Mr. Ellis died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at his home near Rockdale.

He was born Nov. 12, 1941, to Jesse D. and Ruby L. (Holliman) Ellis in Houston.

Mr. Ellis was raised in Rockdale and graduated from Rockdale High School in 1960.

After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force from June 1960 to March 1964 and served as an MP at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.

Mr. Ellis then attended Navarro Junior College, graduating in 1966.

He married Sandra Kay Lathern on March 25, 1966, in Corsicana. They lived in Austin, El Paso and Odessa, returning to Rockdale to live the past 35 years.

Mr. Ellis worked as an inspector with Texas Highway Department in the Motor Vehicle Division for 10 years. For 30 years, he worked at Alcoa, TXU and various Alcoa contractors in the potrooms and warehouse.

Mr. Ellis was a founding member of Rockdale Christian Church, serving as a deacon, an elder and chairman of the board.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and fatherin law, Rosalee and William Charles Lathern Sr.; a nephew, Keith Gentry; and a niece, Beth Blanchard.

Survivors are his wife, Sandra Ellis of Rockdale; a son, Steven Charles Ellis and spouse Lynn Goodman of Rockdale; four grandchildren, Jesse “Layne” Ellis, Mason Tanner Ellis, Colton Thomas Ellis and Bradon Glenn Ellis; a step-grandson, Dillon Goodman; two sisters, Carolyn “Sally” Kelley and husband Mike of Austin, Janice Telg and husband Theo of Caldwell; two sisters-in-law, Glenda Gentry and husband Waymon of Robinson, Sheila Drachenberg and husband Carl of Nacogdoches; and a brother-in-law, William Charles “Bill” Lathern and wife Jennifer of Robinson; also, a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Kevin Bell, John Blanchard, Tim Castaneda, Tyson Collins, Bryce Brown, Bill Lathern III, Waylon Rogers and Doug Ellis.

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