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January 23, 1946 - September 4, 2018
Service Date September 15, 2018
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: 314 West Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801, with a reception in the great hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Andrew’s Outreach Program or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the staff at Chestnut House, Asbury Place and Avalon Hospice.
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Thomas Letten Ellis passed away September 4, 2018 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Born in Chicago, Illinois January 23, 1946, his family moved to Etowah, Tennessee in 1953 and then to Maryville, Tennessee in 1959. Tom was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later attended the University of Tennessee, majoring in accounting. After passing the CPA exam, he had a forty year career in public and private accounting, a profession that he dearly loved. Tom is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marialice Ellis; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Ali Ellis son and daughter-in-law Andy and Holly Ellis; six grandchildren: Allen, Jacob, Anna Claire, Sophie, Emma Caroline and Jackson Ellis; brother and sister-in-law Drs. Steve and Carol Ellis. Tom was a member of the ACBL, earning his Life Master in bridge in 2008 and a Silver Life Master in 2015. He truly enjoyed the competition at the bridge table and all of the partners he played with for twelve years, both at the Deane Hill Bridge Center and the Everett Senior Center. Upon returning to Maryville in July of 1987, Tom became involved in the Maryville Little League with his two sons, assisting with coaching and the financial end. He was a master in keeping the score books and even kept the score books at the Smoky Mountain Softball Classic for many years. Tom was a regular hiking partner with the late Margaret Stephenson, hiking all of the trails in the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains. He kept a detailed journal of the hikes and the folks he hiked with.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Andrew’s Outreach Program or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the staff at Chestnut House, Asbury Place and Avalon Hospice.