It is with regret that we announce the passing of James Lloyd “Coach Jimmy” Ellis, age 84, of Fayetteville. A private family service was held with Bro. Ley Jean, J.B, Cox, Phil Barnes and Paul Barnes officiating.
Jimmy was born on February 22, 1936 in Petersburg, TN to the late Edward C. and Wynetka Barnes Ellis. He was a graduate of Petersburg Elementary and High School and went on to complete his educator degree at MTSC. He began his teaching and coaching career at Huntland High School in 1958, from there he went to Petersburg High School where he was the Principal and a teacher, as well as, the Athletic Director, and coach of the football team and boys and girls basketball teams. When he left Petersburg, Coach Ellis went to Central High School where he coached the girls basketball, football, and track teams. Coach Jimmy retired from the Lincoln County School System in 1996 as the Athletic Director and girls basketball coach. Jimmy was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame in 2004. He was a member of the Army ROTC and a former Lincoln County Commissioner. Jimmy served as an Elder of the Mimosa Church of Christ and attended the Howell Church of Christ. Jimmy passed away at his residence on January 31, 2021.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Moon McKinney Ellis; children, Wyanne (Dwight) King, Melodie (Britt) Dye, Jamie (John) Cain, Jerry (Linda) McKinney, John T. McKinney, and Nancy (J.B.) Cox; grandchildren, Bonnie (Charles) Caldwell, Kristin (Rob) Carter, Jim (Christine) Dye, Kim (Heath Slayton) Dye, Sara (Adam) McCormick, Bob (Whitley) Cain, Chris (Caroline) Cain, Matthew McKinney, Mark (Andrea) McKinney, Ben Cox, and Julia Cox; great-grandchildren, Bruce Carter, Sophie Carter, Hannah Caldwell, Eliza McCormick, Nora McCormick, Oliver Cain, Weston Cain, Caleb Dye, and Emma Grace Dye. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by his first wife, Fredna Mae Russell Ellis in 2012; and brothers, Bill Ellis and Maurice Ellis.
Coach Jimmy was carried to his final resting place by pallbearers, Jim Dye, Bob Cain, Chris Cain, Rob Carter, Adam McCormick, Charles Caldwell, Bruce Carter, and Ben Cox and honorary pallbearers, Jimmy Buchanan, Johnny Dyer, Alvin Palmer, Tim Ellis, Keith Ellis, Chris Ellis, Jerry McKinney, and John McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or Fayetteville Lincoln County Animal Shelter, 1718 Pulaski Highway, Fayetteville, TN 37334
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. James Lloyd Ellis.