He is the son of James Franklin Ellis and Hannah Grindstaff
He died September 16, 1955 in Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and is buried in the Woodlawn cemetery in Popular Bluff, Missouri.. His proof of death certificate can be seen here. His will can be seen here.
After Mae died in 1935, Lee needed help raising his family. James had left home and had joined the circus/carnival circuit with his life-long friend, Mel Hall. John and Clara Mae would get married and leave home in 1936 leaving the youngest son, Charles Eugene to raise. Della Mae Pryor Mooney moved in to provide companionship and assistance in raising Gene. In fact, the 1940 census carries Della as a wife to Lee. In fact, as far as can be ascertained, they were never married. This relationship was evidently over by the first part of 1941. The end came with a heated argument one morning. Lee left and went out into the fields to take care of farming chores. When he returned home in the afternoon, Della was gone. All the chickens were gone. The smoke house was empty and Lee was back to raising Gene on his own.
Shortly before his father died in 1941, Lee met and started courting the local postmistress, Myrtle Alexander Rauls Fralick. These were busy times for Lee but seven years later he finally convenced Myrtle to marry him. They were married on October 23, 1948. This date was also the birthday of James Ellis, Sr. who took offense to his father taking a new wife on his birthday. No one could take the place of his mother, Mae Ethel Yount.
To this union six children were born, two of the sons, Herman and Raymond have preceded their father in death. The surviving children are John of Oklahoma City, Okla., James of Beaumont, Tex, Eugene C. of Monterrey, Mexico, Mrs. Clara Bonar of Slater, and a stepson, Elmer Rauls of Los Angeles, Calif.; two brothers, Walter F. Ellis of Lake, Ark., E. C. Ellis of Festus; four sisters, Mrs. H. J. Bollinger of Millersville, Mrs. E. S. Bollinger of Sedgewickville, Mrs. L. H. Statler of Cape Girardeau and Mrs. L. L. Ball of Seattle, Washington and 14 grandchildren. On October 23, 1948 he was married to Myrtle Rauls, who survives.
Kerry Lee Ellis spent much of his life farming and dealing in livestock, but had interests in Delta Oil Refineries and supervised construction work in Alice, Tex. for a number of years. In early life he was united with the Methodist church. Kerry also owned a general store in Seven Sisters, Texas (near Freer, TX - now a ghost town on private property) during the oil boom. Later in life he also owned a store in Harveill, Missouri. The picture below of the Harveill store was taken about 2003.
This son was named James Edward Ellis. This is our direct ancestor