Mr. Cecil Roy Ellsworth, 73, passed away Monday July, 15, 2019.

Mr. Ellsworth was born on Jan. 26, 1946, in Brownwood to John Marvin and Odie Barnett Ellsworth. He grew up in Brownwood, but moved to Abilene in the mid 1970s, where he met and married Donna Lawrence (Hubbertville, Alabama). Mr. Ellsworth had a passion for helping and teaching; underprivileged youth, and men and women who where incarcerated. While in Abilene he became the Chaplin of the Taylor County Jail, and the director for the Big Brother Big Sister Program. In the early 80s Mr. Ellsworth and his wife worked with Olan Mills where they became top sales performers in the road division. Mr. Ellsworth had a talent for writing and despite a lack of a formal education he taught himself how to express his ideas through written form, and in later years authored three books: Letters To John-Mark, and The Ellsworth Letter’s Volumes 1 & 2.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Marvin and Odie Ellsworth; sisters, Billie Oard (Donald), Alma Welch, Glinda (Dianne), Rachel Ann Ellsworth; and one nephew, Phillip Oard.

He is survived by his children, John-Mark Ellsworth (Cassie), Jonathan “Bo” Ellsworth, and Rachel Smith all of Winfield, Alabama; five grandchildren, Kira, Marlena, Zayna, Hayden, Hadley; and host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Winfield Church of Christ. Brother James Wyers will be the officiating minister.