Harold Ray Ellis Moore, Jr, known to most as Ellis, went Home to meet his Lord on Thursday, December 17, 2020. A memorial service for Ellis will be held on Monday, December 21st at 1:00 at the Bobcat Stadium in Sunray, Texas under the direction of Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Directors. Visitation will be at the Morrison Funeral Chapel also in Sunray on Sunday, December 20th from 2:00 to 5:00. The family respectfully requires that masks will be worn at all times during the service and visitation.
Ellis was born on May 19, 1958 in Lubbock, Texas to Harold and Karen Moore, and he was the oldest of four children: siblings include Tom Moore of Sunray, Tracie Anderson of Sunray, and Kim Washburn of Cheyenne, Wyoming. With his family, Ellis moved frequently, living in southern Arizona, Gruver, Dimmit, and finally settling in Sunray during his sophomore year of high school. While in Sunray, Ellis met Sharon Cartrite, and the two started dating within months of meeting. Ellis and Sharon were married on January 5, 1979, and the couple raised three children together: James Moore, a commercial airline pilot living in Fort Worth, Texas; Katie Angel, a teacher living in Orlando, Florida; and Kevin Moore, an Army Reservist and Disaster Logistics Coordinator living in Flower Mound, Texas. Aside from their biological children, Ellis and Sharon have taken several children from Sunray into their family as their own.
During his years in Sunray, Ellis coached several Little League teams and often coached the Sunray All-Star team at the end of each season. So many kids in Sunray were impacted by Ellis love of the game but an even bigger love of shaping young men and women into respectful, hardworking adults. Ellis also served on the Sunray Coop Board of Directors, serving both as the secretary from 1999 to 2005, and then as the Vice President from 2006 to 2014. Ellis loved this land, but loved the people of this land even more and served on the Board with pride and an understanding of the responsibility of doing whats best for Texas agriculture. Ellis was a member of the Sunray church of Christ and served as both a deacon and an elder. Starting and supporting the Spanish-speaking congregation of the church of Christ was a passion that Ellis developed later in life, and he worked hard to make sure that the Gospel was spread to everyone regardless of language. Along with his brother Tom, Ellis farmed for 50 years and pushed the boundaries of agricultural technology and practices. Together Tom and Ellis built a business that looked to serve and benefit the community and people around them.
Ellis was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Karen and his nephew Mitchell Moore. Ellis is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, James and his wife Amy and children, Claire and Luke; daughter, Katie and her husband Tony and children Tony, Joanna, and Madelyn Ellis; son, Kevin; brother, Tom and his wife Carolyn; sister, Tracie and her husband Larry; sister, Kim and her husband Robert; grandchildren Adriana, Hector, and Daniela Bustillos; 16 nieces and nephews and their spouses; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews; and grand-dog Raider.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sunray Youth Baseball Program. An account has been set up for donations at Happy State Bank in Sunray or to PO Box 262, Sunray Texas, 79086.
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