Bruce Herbert (Herb) Ellis, Jr., 83, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Julia S. Ellis entered into eternal rest Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.
Bruce was born January 5, 1938 in Shelby, North Carolina, son of the late Bruce Herbert Ellis, Sr. and the late Vivian Adams Ellis. A graduate of West Point Military Academy, he earned a master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama. He enjoyed a successful military career and retired as a Colonel. His time in the military included two tours in Viet Nam, and while serving in the Pentagon he worked as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Research and Development. Herb's second career in manufacturing began as Vice-President of Contraves International. He served as president of Barnes & Reineke Industrial Design firm and after moving to the low country, was president of Charleston Marine Containers. Herb was an elder at Palmetto Presbyterian Church and active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant and West Point Alumni Association. He was a board member for The Citadel School of Business as well a board member for Force Protection.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Julia Sherer Ellis of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two sons, Richard Adams Ellis (Kimberly Volz Ellis) and James Padgett Ellis (Jennifer Watters Ellis); grandchildren, Matthew Bruce Ellis, Sophia Grace Ellis, Cooper Miles Ellis, Cameron Colwell Ellis, and Reed James Ellis; brother, William "Bill" Ward Ellis (Dorothy Baber Ellis) of Chapel Hill, NC; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Ellis of Wilmington, NC; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, William James Ellis. (son of Richard and Kimberly); sisters, Gwendolyn Joy Ellis and Ann Marie Ellis Keeter; and brothers, Benjamin Thomas Ellis and Marvin Edward Ellis.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.