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1935 John 2024

John Bernard Ellis

August 8, 1935 — January 16, 2024

Midland City

John B. Ellis passed away on January 16, 2024, in Alexander City, Al. Born on August 8, 1935, in Kansas City, MO., to the late John W. and Barbara Ellis.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Lori Ann Ellis. His sisters Mary Hodge, Donna Baker, and Marjorie Fulton, his late daughter, Dawnette Ellis and late granddaughter Rachel Nighswonger.

He is survived by his daughters Kathy Nighswonger, Tammy Ellis, and Carrie Blankenship (Scott). His grandchildren Danielle Ellis, Michael Hardwick, Mary Hannah Hardwick, and Bryan Nighswonger.

He had a long career, which included serving in the Air Force and the Army. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired as a CW4 and a decorated helicopter pilot. Eventually he and his family returned to the Dothan area. He continued his career as a helicopter instructor pilot until his retirement.

He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Which will be his final resting place, he will be interred with his late wife Lori.

We would like to invite you to honor his memory. He will have full military honors at Sunset Memorial Park on January 22, 2024, at 1:00pm. Followed by a graveside service at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Edenfield officiating.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of John Bernard Ellis, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Military Honors

Monday, January 22, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Sunset Funeral Home Chapel

, AL

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Graveside Service

Monday, January 22, 2024

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