In Loving Memory

Mike Ellis

- February 6, 2021


Michael “Mike” Thompson Ellis died Saturday, February 6, 2021 after a battle with cancer. Mike, a resident of Mobile and then Fairhope, was happiest paddling his kayak on Mobile Bay, ballroom dancing with his wife, BevAnn, and competing in mud runs.

He was a graduate of Shaw High School and attended the University of South Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He coached peewee football and little league baseball at Mims Park for more than eight years. He taught children’s Sunday School for five years at Springhill Baptist Church, and was an active member of First Baptist Church Fairhope. He served on the board of the Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society. He worked at Uncle Joe’s Body Shop and then at Auto Craft Collision in Fairhope with co-workers that he loved.

He is preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Ellis; mother, Edie McInnis; stepfather, Pat McInnis; grandson, Mynes Pettey; and other family members.

He is survived by his loving wife, BevAnn Ellis; daughter, Michelle Ellis Pettey (Greg); son, Tyler Ellis (Pam); stepchildren, Rhonda Harrell and Wayne Waters; brothers, Rob Ellis (Laura), and Greg Ellis (Beth); sister, Anni Ellis; grandchildren, Ann Thompson and Adele Pettey; Jack, Grayson, and Wesley Ellis; and many other family members and friends.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, February 13, 2021 with socially distanced visitation beginning at 9:00 AM followed by the service at 10:00 AM at First Baptist Church Fairhope, 300 South Section Street, Fairhope. Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, is assisting the family.

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  1. Sally brennan

    Words cannot Express the impact Mike made to all that knew him. Such a wonderful, handsome guy. He lived life to the fullest. He loved everyone..especially his family. In hoc, There will never be another Nipper.😘

  2. Steve and Marion

    Gone from us way too soon. Mike was the most genuine person with a heart for people. He impacted us with his kindness and will remain a part of our life story. Grateful to have had the opportunity to know him. I like to think he is kayaking on the most beautiful waters in heaven today.

  3. Brad Davis

    I’m so sorry for your loss Tyler. I really enjoyed getting to know your dad at the beach these past few summers. We had so much fun on his kayaks and it was so cool that he went to such trouble for us to be able to use them. Condolences bud.

  4. Chris and Gary Portenga

    Extending our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May the sweet memories of Mike give you solace during this time! He will always be in your hearts!! ❤️

  5. Helen Williams

    Mike will be missed by everyone who knew him. He always had a smile for all. Prayers to Bev Ann and family

  6. Jerry and Sherry Glazener

    We so loved getting to know Mike when he and BevAnn married….he had to adopt us as ‘family’ when they married! We spent many hours with them in Daphne and Fairhope, as well as in our home in Richmond. He was a warm , caring, and loving Christian man who brought such joy and laughter to BevAnn in their good times together….especially when they were dancing with the stars. We love and will miss you, Mike… away in your new heavenly home.

  7. Vicky Rutledge

    Saw Mike around a year ago.he was a fine man,an will be missed by so sorry for Michelle,an Tyler,lots of love,an prayers🙏🙏

  8. Becky Wise

    I’m glad I got to meet and dance with one of the cousins I never knew. Mike and BevAnn were so gracious to my aunt, my mother and me. He was truly a good and kind man and left this world too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  9. Frank Smode

    It was my privilege to know Mike through our love of kayaking and racing. Although it was a relatively short period of his life, we shared a kinship that has left a hole in my heart and the world. He was a good man and a fine person. He will be missed by many.

  10. Sue & Dennis Beavers

    Mike was a celebration of life, Mike brought joy to all around him. He will definitely be missed. Our prayers are with him and All of his family and friends.

  11. Ben Erickson

    Mike was one of my closest friends growing up on Belle Wood Drive in Mobile. Though I moved away and we drifted apart, I will always think fondly of him and the time we spent together.

  12. Tyler Ellis

    Thanks Brad. Your support means a lot during this difficult time. He loved to share his passions with others.

  13. Tyler Ellis

    Thanks Aunt Vicky! We appreciate the love and prayers.


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