Johnnie Ellis

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Johnnie was born on August 30, 1948, the only child of the late Oscar (Buck) and Juanita (Nita) (Cargill) Ellis in Lubbock, TX. Johnnie and Linda were married April 5, 1968. Johnnie owned Lamesa Auto Supply with his father from 1969-2001. He then became the general manager of Keystone Automotive in Lubbock from 2001-present. Johnnie was passionate about sports and youth sports and his boys in particular. He coached football, basketball, and baseball in youth organizations from 1970-1994. He also had an affection for dogs, ie JJ and Kali the last 25 years. He never met a stranger and valued the friendships he made thru the years and activities.

Johnnie is survived by his wife, Linda Ellis, two sons, Johnnie Wayne Ellis of San Antonio, Andrew Thomas Ellis and wife Alesha of Plainview; and three grandchildren, Sarah Ellis, Shelby Ellis, and Kingston Ellis.


Memorial donations in memory of Johnnie may be made to the First Baptist Church, 801 South 1st Street, Lamesa, Texas 79331 or your favorite charity.


10 thoughts on “Johnnie Ellis”

  1. Chris and Lanelle Boyd

    Linda, Johnny, Andy and Family,
    Lanelle and I are saddened to learn of Johnnie’s passing. In remembering, we think back to our time as neighbors on South 7th street in Lamesa and our kids growing up. Johnnie and I have been friends since diapers, and I always respected his common sense . I am so glad that I was able to see you and Johnnie at the class reunion last September. We will miss Johnnie’s smile and his good humor, but most of all we will miss Johnnie. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Chris and Lanelle Boyd

  2. Linda, Johnnie, Andy, and family, I’m saddened to hear of your loss. May the Lord comfort you in this time and in the future. I have many good memories of “Big Johnnie” that I will always cherish. I love you all!

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you at this difficult time. Love, Linda and David Simpson

  4. Linda and family – Sheryl and I pray God’s comfort, peace, and strength will be with you. I have a lot of happy memories of times working with Johnnie. He wasn’t just a co-worker but a great friend. I remember the day I interviewed Johnnie for Keystone and will never forgot the picture in my memories of Johnnie looking at me with his funny grin, without saying anything, but I read his mind………”Let’s get on with it… know I’m the guy”. And he was. I am so happy we made that decision. He was a joy to work with and had a positive impact in a lot of peoples lives, especially mine. He will be missed but not forgotten. Jerry and Sheryl

  5. My sincere sympathy and prayers go to the Ellis Family…Linda, Johnnie, Andy, Sarah and Shelby, and the newest members of the family I have not met, Alesha and Kingston. Coach will always be a big part of who you are, and that and your memories will never leave you. May God’s peace and comfort be with you all in your time of sorrow. I send my love!
    ~Ruth Blanton

  6. Gene and Kathy Isabell

    Dear Linda, Johnnie, Andy, Alesha, Sarah, Shelby and Kingston,,

    We are so sorry to hear of Coach’s passing. He was a good man that leaves behind a wonderful legacy and beautiful family. Gene and I are praying for all of you during this difficult time. Love Gene and Kathy Isabell.

  7. Linda and boys, Reinhard and I are so sorry to hear that your sweet husband has left us. I never knew a sweeter or friendlier man. We are thinking of you with lots of memories and love.
    Lynn and Reinhard McKinney

  8. Julie McBride Dumbeck

    I am so sad to hear of Johnnie’s passing, Johnnie will always bring a smile to your heart when you think of him. My sincere sympathies and prayers are with your family.

  9. Linda, Johnny and Andy, our sympathy and love to you and your family. Good memories of good times in Lamesa with each of you. Johnny could always be counted on to be there to support the school, church and community. Our prayers are for each of you in the days ahead.
    Martha, Buddy and Suzan

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