Earl Kent Ellis
Earl Kent Ellis, 78, passed away after a
brief illness on July 2, 2017, in Houston, Texas. He spent his final
hours surrounded by loving members of his family.
Kent Ellis was
born in Neosho, Missouri, on November 24, 1938, to Jewell William "J.W."
and Irene Lucille (Goodson) Ellis, but he grew up on the family's farm
outside Dill City, Oklahoma. He married Oreta Cammell (Widener) on
January 1, 1960, in Clinton, Oklahoma, and they enjoyed 57 happy years
Kent graduated from the University of Texas
At Austin, and the South Texas College of Law, in Houston. He served as
an Assistant District Attorney in the Harris County, Texas, District
Attorney's Office from 1980 to 1985, before entering private practice
for several years. In 1994, he won election as a State District Judge in
Texas' 315th District Court, which handles juvenile cases. Kent won
reelection in 1998 and 2002, serving until 2006. He earned respect as a
fair and compassionate judge.
For many years, Kent served as a
minister and elder in various Churches of Christ congregations in
Oklahoma and Texas. He was a diligent Bible scholar and delivered
inspiring, eloquent sermons, and he wrote with exceptional wisdom and
clarity on Christian topics. Many people warmly remember Kent for the
kind, loving assistance he offered them along their spiritual paths.
is survived by his devoted wife, Oreta; three children and their
spouses, Mark Kent Ellis and his wife Tami, Angela Elisabeth Ellis and
her husband Greg, and James Walter Ellis and his wife Joy; four
grandsons, Geoffrey, Kent, Reagan, and James; four granddaughters,
Bethany, Hannah, Elisabeth, and Anne; and two greatgrandchildren,
Danielle and Marshall. He is also survived by two older brothers, Sidney
Dwayne Ellis, of Owasso, Oklahoma, and James Roy Ellis, of Burleson,
Texas. Kent had many nephews and nieces, whom he loved dearly. He was
preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Shirley Dickerson and
Joyce McPherson. Kent treasured the many happy moments he spent with his
There will be a memorial service and reception at 1:30
p.m., July 19, 2017, at the Harris County Juvenile Justice Center, 315th
district court, 1200 Congress 7th Floor Houston, TX 77002.