George D. ‘Bucky’ Ellis
George D. “Bucky” Ellis, 73, of Benton, died peacefully Nov. 24, in Little Rock, surrounded by his family. Bucky was a long-time attorney practicing in Saline
County, a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Bucky had three appointments as Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court. He was a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1968.
Bucky was a member for many years of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Benton, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Adult Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Vestry. He was a past president of the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce and named its Citizen of the Year. Bucky was the chairman of the Benton Planning Commission, the vice president of the Board of Directors of the Saline County Boys & Girls Club, and a founding member of the Royal Players community theatre. Bucky enjoyed writing his weekly column for The Saline Courier in which he expressed his commentary on current events.
He was a member of the Benton Rotary Club, the
Saline County Public Library Board, the vice chair of the Arkansas State Library Board and the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Committee.
His parents, D.C. “Peck” and Joan Ellis, and a sister, Judy Ellis Eichenbaum, predeceased him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Selena Ellis; his children, John Andrew Ellis and Beth Ellis-dickson (Eric); a sister, Jane Puckett (Larry); two adoring grandchildren, Colin and Joshua; and by a multitude of nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1818 N Taylor St #186, Little Rock AR 72207 and/or St. Mathew’s Episcopal Church, 1112 Alcoa Rd., Benton, AR 72015.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.