The Duncan Banner

April 22, 2013

Oral Leslie Ellis

June 13, 1923 — April 21, 2013

The Duncan Banner


On April 21, 2013, Oral Leslie Ellis left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior, with his loving family at his side. Oral fought a courageous battle with cancer. He was not a complainer and right up until the end you would not hear him complain. He tried every day to live each day to the fullest and he had a very giving heart.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24th, at Prairie Hill Church of Christ, Meridian, with Mario Pineda and Don Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Comanche, under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Oral, also known as “Papa,” was born June 13, 1923, to Lynn and Lorene Ellis in the Newport community. His childhood and growing up years were spent in Wilson. Oral was the oldest of four children born to the union of his parents. He was followed by Lucille Kerby, Kermit Ellis and Imogene McArthur. Oral was also raised with a nephew, Ray Clark, who was considered a brother.
Oral attended Rexroat High School before joining the Army in 1943. He served in World War II for three years. After returning home, Oral met Barbara Branch in April of 1946, at the DC Grocery in Meridian. They were married on March 25, 1947, in Henrietta, Texas. They have lived in the Meridian community all their married lives, and he retired from Sun Oil/Tosco as a welder.
Some of Papa’s favorite things to do were camping at Lake Texoma for approximately 65 years, raising thourghbred horses, having coffee with the guys at Meridian Kwik Mart, following his kids, grandkids and greats in sports, watching golf and the Thunder. But his favorite thing to do was eating out with his family.
Oral was active in his church. He was a devoted member at Prairie Hill Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon for 20 years. He was also an attendance keeper for many years. 
Oral was greeted in heaven by his first born son, Ronald Oral Ellis; his parents; sister, Lucille; brother, Kermit; half-brother, Charlie Clark; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Cheston and Mildred Branch; and several other family members and friends.
Oral is survived by his wife, Barbara of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Cretia and Phil Whitney of Duncan; his son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Kelly Ellis of Comanche. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Wendi and Darrell Bowles of Duncan, Benji and Amy Whitney of Mission, Kan., Heath and Mandi Ellis, and Ryan and Tiffany Ellis, all of Comanche; his great-grandchildren: Laken Whitney, Landon, Dillon and Myles Ellis, Cohen and Reese Whitney, and Raelee Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Wendi Bowles, Heath Ellis, Benji Whitney and Ryan Ellis. Honorary bearers are Billy Bob Deaton, Tommy Baker, Jackie Branch, Matt Taylor, Alan Miller and Ray Clark.
Memorial gifts may be made to Westview Boys Home; P.O. Box 553; Hollis, OK 73550; The Tipton Home; P.O. Box 370; Tipton, OK  73570 or Chisholm Trail Hospice; c/o Duncan Regional Hospital; P.O. Box 2000; Duncan, OK 73534.
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