May 26, 1929 ~ December 20, 2021

Born in: Frankston, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

James E. Ellis, 92, died Monday, December 20, 2021, at his home in College Station, Texas. Funeral arrangements are with Callaway-Jones of Bryan–College Station. Visitation on Thursday, December 23, at 1:00 p.m., with services at 2:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Wellborn Cemetery.

James was born in Frankston, Texas, to Ree and Janie Ellis. As a teenager he moved to Houston and worked various jobs before being drafted into the army. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Houston and began his oil field career, with stints in Hobbs, New Mexico, and Louisiana, ending up in New Iberia, where he met Genny, his wife of fifty-three years. He became an instant father to Liz and Gary, and five years later, after the family moved to Houston, Jennifer was born. In 1980 he was transferred to Bryan–College Station; in 1985 he started his own wellhead business, which he operated until he was eighty years old.

James enjoyed family celebrations in his beer garten at his home in Wellborn—birthday parties, crawfish boils, an Aggie ring dunk, and many Thanksgiving fried turkeys. In warm weather you could find him on his riding lawn mower, under one of his oak trees, enjoying a beer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Doyle and Leroy; his sisters Molly, Betty, and Doris; and his son, Gary.

He is survived by his wife; his daughters Liz LaBauve and Jennifer Greeley (Shane); his grandchildren Jamie Felipe (Jeff), Sam Smith (Kim), Dillon Smith (Julie), Sloane Greeley, and Brynne Greeley; his great-grandchildren Evelyn Felipe, Cole Felipe, Luke Felipe, Cooper Smith, Sullivan Smith, Molly Smith, and Aubrey Smith; his brother Elvin Ellis (Pat); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Shane Greeley, Jeff Felipe, Sam Smith II, Dillon Smith, William Poole, Sam Smith Sr.


 

 

 

Services

Visitation: December 23, 2021 1:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801

979-822-3717
https://callawayjones.com

Funeral Service: December 23, 2021 2:30 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801

979-822-3717
https://callawayjones.com

Interment: December 23, 2021 3:30 pm

Wellborn Cemetery
4119 Greens Prairie Road
College Station, Texas 77845

979-822-3717

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  1. Our heartfelt love and prayers go out to Genny and all her family. James was the kindest person to walk this earth. He will be missed by many. We enjoyed all the family functions. “Popu” was the best.

  2. Very sorry for your loss. I am glad I was able to know Uncle James and spend time with ya’ll over the years. Cara and Bryce send their condolences.

  3. We are so saddened that Uncle James has left his earthly home, but we know his Heavenly home is far better than we can ask or think. No doubt, he was greeted at the Gates of Heaven by his parents, his son, and his siblings, among others who joyfully celebrate his Homecoming. Uncle James, you were one of a kind. Your spirit and your smile will not be forgotten. We love you! And Aunt Genny, Liz, and Jennifer…our hearts break for you, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love y’all.

  4. Mike and Lisa Ogle says:
    December 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    We are so saddened that Uncle James has left his earthly home, but we know his Heavenly home is far better than we can ask or think. No doubt, he was greeted at the Gates of Heaven by his parents, his son, and his siblings, among others who joyfully celebrate his Homecoming. Uncle James, you were one of a kind. Your spirit and your smile will not be forgotten. We love you! And Aunt Genny, Liz, and Jennifer…our hearts break for you, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We love y’all.

  5. It honestly took me by surprise that Uncle James will no longer be with us.
    But I know he’s in heaven and having an absolute wonderful time.
    To me he was the complete definition of a gentleman’s, gentleman. He was so kind and so caring. But yet he was a giant in my eyes. I will miss him. But I also have some wonderful memories.
    The chicken dance.

  6. Our heartfelt condolences to the family (Aunt Genny, Liz, and Jennifer). Uncle James will forever be in our hearts. Prayers for comfort and peace during tome. We love you all.

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