MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 19, 2011

Ellis Lincoln Sappington

1916 - 2011


— Funeral services for Ellis Lincoln Sappington, 94, of Webbers Falls, OK, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Webbers Falls with Reverend Jason Ravan officiating. Pallbearers will be Greg Rogers II, Adin Feliciano, Kenny Birchfield, Paul Swearingen, Graham Swearingen, and Lance Hamm filling in for Lincoln Anderson who is away waiting deployment to Afghanistan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clifton Daniels, Members of the V.F.W. Post 4609 of Gore-Webbers Falls, brothers-in-law and Deacons of the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee under the direction of Millsap Funeral Service of Webbers Falls.

Ellis for more than 50 years, a resident of Webbers Falls, was born in Grove, OK and passed from this life into heavenly home on Monday April 18 at his home at the age of 94 years,  8 months and 1 day. He was the son of Oral and Carrie (West) Sappington. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force receiving a Honorable Discharge on March 19, 1946 as a Sergeant. Service to his country spanned from the Pacific, Europe, to North Africa with his final assignment to the historical 509th Bomber Wing. He married the love of his life Mary Ross in Webbers Falls on May 24, 1956. Ellis was a long time and devoted member of the First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Director and Church Treasurer for more than 40 years. He was a Master Mason at the Webbers Falls Masonic Lodge #14, a member of the Bedouin Shriners, York Rite and Scottish Rite and the various branches thereof. He was a 33rd Degree Mason and also served as a Past Grand Commander over the State of Oklahoma. He was a Charter Member of the V.F.W.  Post 4609-Gore-Webbers Falls. He served on the Board of Directors for Cookson Hills Electric Co. since January 1992. Ellis was Co-Owner of SRS Inc., a Feed, Seed and Supply store in Webbers Falls until he retired at the age of 90, as well as a rancher.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy Rogers and husband, Dr. Gregory A. Rogers of McAlester, Mary Lee Anderson and husband, Frank Anderson of Webbers Falls; five grandchildren, Julie and Adin Feliciano, Gregory and Jessica Rogers, Cindy Rogers, Lincoln Anderson, Amanda and Kenny Birchfield; three great-grandchildren, Atira Feliciano, Adin Feliciano and Sierra Birchfield; brothers-in-law, Bill and Wanda Ross, Robert and Modean Ross, Virgil and Jerry Ross, James and Nancy Ross, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary on June 27, 2008; his parents; three younger sisters, Louise Williams, Ruth German and Beulah Sappington.

Ellis lived a fully Christian life. He believed in hard work and worked hard himself. The extent of his charity will never be fully known but it was a part of his daily living. He will be thoroughly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family has asked donations be made to the Webbers Falls First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 156, Webbers Falls, OK 74470 in Memory of Ellis L. Sappington.