As a servant of The Lord, his family, and the community, Tommy James Ellett, Jr. of Greenwood, Mississippi, entered into the gates of heaven on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 6:26 am.
He was born in Charleston, Mississippi on June 20, 1937, to Ada Lou Mullins Ellett and Tommy Ellett, Sr. Tommy graduated from Charleston High School. He attended Mississippi State University and then graduated from Louisiana State University's banking school. He began working for Deposit Guaranty National Bank at age 19 and went on to have a career in the banking industry for 44 years.
Tommy met the love of his life, Virginia Hammons in October 1957. The couple married on June 27, 1958, and had two daughters, Nikki Ellett Thomas and Kimberly Ellett Wesson.
A devout Christian and family man, Tommy was a member of North Greenwood Baptist Church. He was a faithful deacon who cared for the congregation and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. The Greenwood Community Food Pantry staff concurred, stating, "He had a true servant's heart." Tommy volunteered at the pantry for 14 years.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers-in-law Maxine Ellett, Juanita (JW) Brumfield, Ouida (JF) Warren, and Margaret (Buzz) Williams.
He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Virginia Hammons Ellett, children Nikki Ellett Thomas (Chip Thomas) of Greenwood and Kim Ellett Wesson of Gadsden, AL; brother Jack Ellett (Sharon) of Carthage, TX; grandchildren, Joseph Thomas (Arrah) of Stockbridge, GA, Ellett Thomas of Greenwood, Markus Thomas (Brittney) of Columbus, MS, Michael Cox of New Orleans, LA, Dalton Dance (Mckenzie) of Carroll County, MS, Ginny Dance Johnson (John Mark) of Blue Springs, MS, and Mason Wesson of Tupelo, MS; great-grandchildren: Gauge Thomas, Nash Thomas, Cohen Thomas, Roxie Thomas, Penelope Thomas, Sara Jeane Dance, Rylee Dance, Anna Dance; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Joseph Thomas, Markus Thomas, Ellett Thomas, Ronny Warren, Don Warren, and Dalton Dance. Honorary pallbearers are John Pittman, James Jackson, Randy Channell, and Charles Wright.
Visitation and receiving of family and friends will be Monday, February 7, 2022 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. North Greenwood Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Jim Phillips will officiate the funeral at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Delta Cross ministry (https://deltacross.org) or any charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Greenwood Delta Funeral Home (www.greenwooddeltafh.com) is in charge of arrangements.
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