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Ralph Reece Ellis, age 91

Ralph Reece Ellis, 91, of Jacksonville was born April 8, 1931, in Stuttgart, AR to Delila and C.G. Ellis.  He departed this life on October 26, 2022, in Sherwood, Arkansas, at St. Vincent North Hospital.

In his early life, Ralph served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, sailing on the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass.  After returning from the War, he married the love of his life, Alpha Jean Vocque, in 1953 where the two began a joyous, adventure-filled marriage of 67 years.  He began his career as a union sheet metal worker, traveling to many states for work until he finally settled in Jacksonville in 1957, joining his father in business at Jacksonville Sheet Metal. After his father’s retirement, Ralph took over his family’s business where he worked until his retirement in 1992 where he passed the business on to his son.

Throughout his life, Ralph was passionate about the things he loved most. Above all, Ralph was a dedicated servant of the Lord.  He read his Bible daily, studying the depths of the Word.  He served the Lord with his entire being and was dedicated to teaching others about Christ. His passion for the Lord and scripture was closely followed by his love for his family. Further, he enjoyed trot lining for catfish, which provided him with the fare for his world-class fish fry’s, each a major family event.  He also enjoyed baking biscuits, listening to bluegrass music, and working in his garden, which was large enough to supply his huge family with beautiful vegetables every year.

He is survived by his three children Julia McElrath (Roy), Barbara Boyd (Marc), and Nathan Ellis (Karen); grandchildren, Leah, Tim, Jill, Jordan, Kipp, Chase, Savannah, Annabelle, Rachael, Hannah, Erin, and Ethan; and many great and great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter Charlotte Tyra, and grandson Clayton Forrest Ellis.

His visitation will be Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 1:00 PM at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas with his funeral service beginning at 2:00 PM.  Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas immediately following the service.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at

To view a tribute slideshow of Ralph, please follow the link provided below.


  • Tina Harvey Posted October 28, 2022 6:16 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are you and your family.

    • Karen Ellis Posted October 30, 2022 10:43 PM

      Thank you so much!

  • John Barton Posted October 29, 2022 6:41 AM

    I am grateful for having known Ralph for many years. He was an honest, kind, and gentle soul.

  • Tammy (Haley) and Tim Fulk Posted October 31, 2022 1:44 PM

    Nathan I am so sorry. He was one of the last country gentleman.

  • Matt & Sherry Oswald Posted November 1, 2022 9:46 AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you feel God’s comfort during this time.

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