Larry Dale Ellis, 68, of Colcord, died on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Born Oct. 8, 1948 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Frank L. Ellis and Opal Marie Allen Ellis.

Larry was a 1966 graduate of Colcord High School. He married Louise Brown on Dec. 16, 1966 in Jay.

Larry served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 with the 101st Airborne. He was a Vietnam Veteran and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

Larry graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He worked for the United States Postal Service in Colcord as a mail clerk and assistant postmaster.

Larry was the minister for the Colcord Church of Christ for 45 years. He was active in the Colcord Alumni Association and was a longtime girls’ softball coach in Siloam Springs.

He was preceded in death by one son, Travis Ellis; two brothers, J.C. Ellis and Dennis Ellis; one sister, Paula Dean Ellis; and one son-in-law, Brandon Haley.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Ellis; one son, Michael Ellis and wife Missy of Colcord; two daughters, Becky Farris and husband Will of Colcord, and Angie Goucher and husband Grant of Siloam Springs; 12 grandchildren: Emily Farris, William Farris, Matthew Farris, Allison Haley, Kaitlyn Haley, Zach Haley, Meegan Ellis, Michaela Ellis, Merrick Ellis, Destiny Smith, Miracle Lawrence, and Maya Lawrence; one brother, Dwaine Ellis and wife Charlotte of Jay; three sisters-in-law, Beryl Van Dyke of Decatur, Arkansas, Doris Swicegood of Colcord, and Marlene Lawrence of Phoenix, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Hornet Arena, Colcord, with Mr. Michael Ellis and Mr. Bruce Potter officiating. Burial followed at Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Arkansas, under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs. 

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wassonfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colcord Church of Christ, P.O. Box 25, Colcord, OK 74338.