Ellis Windham was born Feb. 23, 1922 in Fields to William M. Windham and Amanda Wheeler and passed away June 13, 2019 at the age of 97. He served in the United States Airforce in Hawaii and Guam. After honorable discharge, he worked several jobs, some of which included his love for music. He worked for the United States Postal Service for many years until his retirement.
He is survived by his daughter, Linda Windham Jones of Houston, Texas; son, Ronnie Lynn Windham and wife, Sandy of New Mexico; granddaughter, Kimberly Jones Bilanoski and husband, Glenn; grandson, Travis Windham; and great-grandchildren, Ty and Elyse Bilanoski; sister, Evie Winn of Houston, Texas; along with many nieces, nephews and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Wayne Windham; brothers, George, Sam, Enoch, Leonard, Willie, Curtis, Ward and Tracey; sisters, Ruth Hope and Ruby Kellogg, and son-in-law, Chris Jones.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at Riley Smith Funeral Hom in DeQuincy with the funeral service to follow beginning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Roy Hoosier and Rev. T. D. Cardwell will officiate. Interment will follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.
Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.