Tony Ellis, 58, of Hayesville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 in a Gainesville, Ga. hospital. Tony had lived in Clay County throughout his life. He began his career as a dispatcher with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in 1991. Tony went on to serve as a road deputy, Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructor and investigator before returning as a D.A.R.E. instructor as working with children was his passion. Tony also operated Tony’s Garage for many years. Tony enjoyed going to car shows, antique cars and restoring and showing antique cars. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where he had been a substitute Sunday School teacher and also worked in the Grapple youth program. Tony was also involved with Rock Bottom Recovery and Support.
He was the son of James Edward Ellis, of Hayesville, and Barbara Ann Adams Ellis Townson, of Murphy. He was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Anthony Ellis and two brothers, Bryan Eugene Ellis and Duane Stephen Ellis.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 34 years, Vikki Ellis, of Hayesville; four grandchildren, Caleb, Brenson, Adam and Layla Ellis; Tommy Brown, who was like a son to Tony and Fred Green, who was like a brother. He is also survived by several nephews, aunts and uncles.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Goble and Rev. Jim Payne officiating.
The family received friends from 5-6:50 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Tony Ellis to: Rock Bottom Recovery and Support, 182 West Vineyard, Hayesville, NC 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com was in charge of all arrangements.