A Memorial Service for Ellis Lee Wadley, age 86, of Sulphur Springs, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. C.J. Duffy officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Perrie Wadley, Matthew Montoya, Dillon Verner, Marc Wadley, William Wadley and Ronnie Miller. Honorary pallbearers are Charli Hodges, Jesus Franco, Brandon Simmons, John Verner, Greg Weeks, Nichole Guillemin and Nyah Hodges. There will be no formal visitation.
Mr. Wadley passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at his residence in Sulphur Springs. Ellis was born on March 14, 1930 to Homer Lee Wadley and Maude Ethel Payne Wadley in Tuckerman, Arkansas. He married Deloyce June Gragston Wadley in Winterhaven, California on February 14, 1959; she preceded him in death. He was a rancher/farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
Ellis Lee Wadley served in the Army from 1948 to 1952. He served in Korea during the Korean War. He was taken POW and was held captive for 4 months. Because of the injuries he sustained while being held captive, he spent the remainder of the war in Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. At the end of that stay he was released from the Army with a Medical Honorable discharge.
Mr. Wadley received several medals and honors including: Purple Heart, Combat badge - for undergoing 72 hours of active combat, National Defense Service medal, Korean Service medal with 2 bronze stars, United Nation Service medal and POW Ribbon
Mr. Wadley is survived by: a son, Marc Wadley; three daughters, Michelle Verner and husband John, Ellise Leanette Robertson and De-Loyce Acosta; grandchildren, Nichole Guillemin, Dillon Verner, Ellis Matthew Montoya, Charli Hodges, Erica Verner, Perrie Wadley, De-Loyce Schwausch and William Wadley; 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Lois Wadley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Deloyce; parents, Homer and Maude Wadley; three brothers, Wayne Wadley, Willard Wadley and William Wadley; and three sisters, Dorthia Haller, Paulie Condent and Lucile Wadley.
Memorials can be given to the local Veteran's Association
Wednesday, January 18, 2017