Haywood F. “Woody” Ellis died March 16, 2014 at the Veteran’s Administration nursing home in Kosciusko, MS. Funeral services will be held 11:00am Wednesday March 19, 2014 at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Tuesday March 18, 2014 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Jackson from 5:00pm till 7:00pm and Wednesday at the church from 10:00am with funeral service to follow at 11:00am. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Ellis was born in Carthage MS on September 7, 1923. After graduating from Carthage High School, he joined the US Army, receiving training at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg MS, and Pearl Harbor, HI. He was assigned to the 325th Searchlight Battalion, 10th Army Division, and attached to the 5th Marines. As a Technical Sargeant, he lead a crew operating a then-secret radar guided antiaircraft weapon. He and his crew went ashore at Iwo Jima on the second day of the invasion, tasked with defending a captured Japanese airfield that was to be used as an emergency landing field for damaged American bombers returning from Japan. He received the Bronze Star for his actions during that time, and remained on the island for the duration of the war.
Upon returning home, he worked briefly for the US Corps of Engineers and the Veteran’s Administration before becoming partners with his cousin, Cecil Ellis in Ellis Fairway Foodstore, operating successfully until 1974, when he formed Ellis Realty Company, serving customers for 38 years, specializing in commercial real estate sales.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lucille Ellis, and his youngest son, Thomas James. He is survived by his other 2 sons, David, of Jackson, MS and H. F. “Sandy” Ellis, Jr, his wife, Debbie, and their 3 sons Chris, Brett and Taylor, of Tampa, FL.
Memorials may be made to C.A.R.A. or to The Wounded Warrior Project.