Martha Lynn Davis Ellis, age 78, of Troy, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, July 15, 2022. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Troy. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Cemetery with Reverend Rick Holbert and Reverend James Alexander officiating.
Martha Lynn, loving wife, mother and grandmother, was a dedicated teacher in the Troy City schools for 25 years. As she looked back on those days, she said “sixth grade boys were a challenge” and she loved that challenge and all of her students through the years. She had 12 siblings and loved spending time with them. Martha Lynn was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school and served in the women’s ministry there. Hospitality was her life and she loved to decorate, arrange flowers, host a party or cook big meals for her children and grandchildren. She and her beloved husband, Earl, were instrumental in the development and vision for the revitalization of downtown Troy. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.
Loving survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, Earl Ellis Sr.; children, Emory Earl Ellis, II (Emily), Dana Jemique Ellis McQuitty (Timothy), Kristy Anna Ellis Drinkwater (Adam); grandchildren, Emory Earl Ellis III (Hannah), Eric Nathanael McQuitty (Andria), Susannah Martha McQuitty Hornback (Samuel), William Curry Ellis, Samuel Davis McQuitty (Kellam), Gabriella Anna Ellis Aldridge (Jackson), Hattie Olivia McQuitty, Calvin James McQuitty, Alexandra Lynn Ellis, Lola Raquel Drinkwater, Joseph Penn Drinkwater, Jessica Hensley (Tanner), Jacob Green (Rebekah); great grandchildren, Vivian Lynn Ellis, Emory Earl Ellis IV, Emma Louise Hensley; and her siblings, Mary Sellers Davis King, Patricia Ann Davis Barnett, Paul Wayne Davis, and Claude Everidge Davis (Joyce).
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hattie Davis; daughter-in-law, Tonia Lynn Rodgers Ellis; her siblings, Byrl Davis Tate, Joseph Dekalb Davis, William Horace Davis, Merrill Kendrick Davis, Melvin Eugene Davis, Susan Elizabeth Carroll, Johnny Ezra Davis, and Raymond Oliver Davis.
The family would like to extend a word of gratitude to her caregivers, Jewel Boykin, Dorothy Gosha, Isha Boyd, Louise Siler; and to Dr. Robert Gilliam and the staff of Troy Regional Medical ICU for their care and kindness during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Troy, Troy City Schools, Covenant Christian School or the American Heart Association.