Former Ardmore Peace Officer Harold “Dean” Ellis, 71, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at his rural residence, south of Lone Grove, surrounded by the love of his family. Dean was born to the late Jasper Ray Ellis and Lula Mae Gordon Ellis on Sept. 23, 1944, at Modesto, California. Dean had lived here for over 40 years, coming from Sulphur.  
He and the former Venda Darlene Harber were married Sept. 15, 1962, at Gainesville, Texas; and were the parents of five children; Thelsa, Laquita, Deana, Tommy and Kevin. They had recently celebrated their fifty-third wedding anniversary.
Dean had received an Associate Degree in law enforcement and had served as a member of the Ardmore Police Department for 19 years. A workaholic, he had also owned the Ellis Moving and Storage Company. An active member of the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church, he enjoyed mowing and helping to maintain the church yard.
Survivors include his loving wife, Venda Ellis of the home; three daughters, Thelesa Taylor and her husband, Darric of Ardmore; Laquita Gaston and her husband, Kelly of Lone Grove and Deanna Ellis of Ardmore; two sons and their wives, Tommy and Tonya Ellis and Kevin and Bobbie Ellis of Ardmore; his two brothers, Wayne Ellis of Bainbridge, Georgia and Clarence Ellis of Lexington, Oklahoma; two sisters, Joyce Wingate of Bainbridge, Georgia and Sue Gay of Sulphur; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Elton Ellis and Jasper Ray Ellis, Jr. and a sister, Lula Mae Sanborne.
Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at the Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Leroy Holman.  Burial with the assistance of Jody Taylor, Larry Greathouse, Milton White, Tommy Harber, Johnny Wilson and Alvin Hardison serving as pallbearers; his grandsons will be honorary bearers.
The family will receive friends for a time of visitation and support Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Condolences may also be sent online at