Winola Williams Ellis



Winola Williams Ellis, 88, of Center, Texas passed away on December 4, 2019, in Center, Texas. Born February 22, 1931, in Henderson, Texas.  Winola is the daughter of the late James Oscar Williams and Frances Louise (Tipton) Williams.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10AM  at First Baptist Church in Center, Texas. Interment will follow in Jackson Cemetery, Center, Texas.


Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 9AM at First Baptist Church, Center, Texas.

Winola Williams Ellis, was raised in Troup, Texas.  She was a graduate of Troup High School.  She attended Kilgore College and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelors Degree.  She went on to dedicate her life to public education for over 49 years.    Winola married the love of her life, Joe L. Ellis, on May 31, 1953 and the two spent over 64 years together before his passing in April 2018.  She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, having that natural love and affection for each member of her family and extended family.  Winola enjoyed reading.  She was a member of First Baptist Church, Center, Texas, and served the Lord in many capacities.  Winola was a Sunday School teacher for many years.    


Winola is survived by her sons, Jon Ellis and wife, Jackie of Kountze, Texas, Joel Ellis of Joaquin, Texas; daughters, Julia Cassard of Henderson, Texas, Susan Godfrey and husband, Michael of Robinson, Texas, Cindy Harris and husband, Robert of Henderson, Texas; grandchildren, Jonathan Godfrey, Jennifer Pirtle, Clay Ellis, Lauren Gilbert, Josie Ellis Harris, Jace Ellis; great grandchildren, Jackson Pirtle, Cason Pirtle, Ella Pirtle, Isabella Sessions, Aaliyah Sessions, Triston Sessions, Gracie Ellis, Rylan Ellis, Oliver Gilbert; and a host of family and friends that will miss her dearly.  


She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. Ellis; parents, James and Frances Williams; grandson, Joey Stringer; and great granddaughter, Olivia Ellis.  


Pallbearers will be Clay Ellis, Justin Pirtle, Jonathan Godfrey, Jeff Young, Robert Harris, and Mike Brister.


Honorary pallbearers are Terry Walton, Scott Gilchrist, Bill White, Jack Massey, Holden Massey, and Jacy “Moose” Clark.


In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, Center, Texas.

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Mangum Funeral Home, Center, is in charge of arrangements.

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