Max Edward Ellis, 75, of Pimento, Ind., died at his home Thursday, March 11, 2004, at 3:45 p.m. after three years of being bedfast with his family and his very special nurse, Cindy White, by his side.
He was born Nov. 26, 1928, at Howesville in Clay County to Basil E. Ellis and Enid M. Brush Ellis. He graduated from Blackhawk High School in 1946 and started working for Maurnee Coal Company as a block layer and carpenter.
He served 38 years in the coal mines. He spent most of his working years at the Jasonville shops. He retired on Feb. 1, 1987, from Peabody Coal Company at Hawthorne Mine.
He was a member of United Mine Workers, Lewis Masonic Lodge No. 29 and Pierson Township Lions Club and a lifetime member of Vigo County Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlotte Boyce Ellis; his son, Monty J. Ellis, Pimento; one daughter, Cynthia S. Foote and husband Gary of Pimento; five grandchildren, Felecia Garber and husband Andrew of Terre Haute, Van Nessa Hargis and husband Bob of Riley, Ind., and Monica, Ethan and Hunter Foote of Pimento; one great-grandson, Garrett Ellis of Riley; four sisters, Jean Pounds and husband Vern and Linda Campbell, all of Pimento, Rosemary Criss of Reelsville and Doris Crander and husband Dan of Wabash, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Barbara J. Marlowe of Terre Haute; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers-in-law, James Campbell and Walter Criss.
Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Mattox-Fox Riley Chapel. Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the chapel.
The family wants to thank Vista Care for his being able to stay at home and be cared for by his wife, his nurse and CNAs Susan, Vickie, Crystal and others. Memorial envelopes will be available for Vista Care at the funeral home.