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Celebrating the life of
Lee T. Ellis, Jr.
April 15, 1945 - January 13, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00am - Monday, January 22, 2018
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church
  • 3 West Ridge Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31411

  • 598-7242

Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will continue to help you get through these most difficult times. “Psalm 147:3” and “2 Corinthians 1:3”

, ,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , ,

I am sorry for your loss Jehovah God has promised a resurrection hope for mankind Again I am sorry for your loss. please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, you can get more information on our web sight JW.org. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

It was my great pleasure to have Lee as both my law and tennis partner for many years. He exemplified every trait you would want in either type relationship. We all learned so much from Lee about the law and how to practice it that he truly was the soul of the firm. I hope his extraordinary example continues to guide us for many years to come. Sincere condolences.

Ken Howard, Washington , DC

My deepest condolences to Mr. Ellis' family and friends. During this truly sad time, may you find comfort from God. The prophet Isaiah said of God, "You will safeguard those who fully lean on you; You will give them continuous peace, Because it is in you that they trust."-Isaiah 26:3

B.B, , Ga

Having known Lee for a short time, I realize how very special a person he was. He joined a little group that I began which toured unusual sites around Savannah. Always, he was interested in learning and enjoying each place that we toured, including sports, musical and other offbeat spots. Our tours always ended in dinner together as a group....and a good time was had by all! Lee was a gentleman and a joy to know. His intellect and inquisitive mind were evident in all the different venues we visited. My condolences to his family. Maggie Mitchell

Maggie Mitchell, Savannah, GA

Patricia and I regret that we are not able to be in Savannah to bid Lee farewell and to express our condolences to the family. Lee was a fine man, a good friend and a valued law partner who enriched all of our lives. While his suffering is ended and he is reunited with Paula, his absence leaves a void for all of us. Please know that in this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with the family of which Lee was so proud.

Joseph and Patricia Berl, Washington, DC

Lee was our friend for only a brief 4 years. We adored being with him and will miss him terribly. Our sincere condolences to all his family.

Pat and Arnie , Savannah, Ga

I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find comfort in The Bible's resurrection accounts that give us a sure hope that our deadl loved ones will have the opportunity to live again in peaceful and happy conditions, and there will be no more sickness. (John 5:28 & 29); (Isaiah 33:24)

Nitha & Family , ,

It was my great privilege to have Lee as my law partner for nearly three decades. He was, quite simply, the finest lawyer I have ever known. Lee and his dear, sweet Paula were faithful friends to Darla and me. We are deeply saddened that they departed far too soon. May they rest in peace and may Lynn and Louisa and their families find comfort in their memory.

Louis R Sernoff, Delray Beach, FL

Over the last several years we had the good fortune of getting to know Lee. He could not have been a more caring, kinder or more compassionate companion and friend to my mother, Joan Swanson. We were blessed and will always be grateful that he came into our lives. Our sincere condolences to his family. He left much too soon and will be truly missed.

Cynthia Swanson & Michael Kutner, Geneva, Switzerland

My sincerest condolences.

Kathleen Wilson, Pembroke, GA

Sending My Sincere Condolences. Mr. Ellis will always be remembered as an ALL AROUND GREAT GUY AND FOR HIS LAUGH!

Yvette Cook, Washington, DC

Lee Ellis was a great mentor to all of the young attorneys in the litigation section of Baker & Hostetler. For me personally, Lee was the epitome of character, professionalism and selflessness in the legal profession. I was always thrilled whenever Lee would ask me to be his guest at Georgetown University basketball games. What fun! I shall miss him greatly.

Stephen Nix, Washington, DC

My sincere condolences to Lee's family. I worked with Lee on many occasions in Washington on medical issues. He represented the Medical Society of the District of Columbia on many occasions. He was a great attorney who was at his best in defending wrongly sued physicians. If one was discouraged and depressed Lee was there to cheer you up and remain optimistic. In the courtroom, he had a very relaxed style. But after the low key preliminaries, he would tear into the opposition with facts and win the case. He was a terrific attorney who helped so many in the medical field. Lee had a warm, engaging personality and it was always enjoyable to be in his company. He shall be missed! Raymond Scalettar, M.D., D.Sc., Past Chair, American Medical Assn Board of Trustees

Raymond Scalettar, M.D., Potomac, MD

Tom and I fondly remember both Lee and Paula from high school. Lee really did Marple Newtown proud. They both were good folks and passed way too early. We send our thought and prayers to their family. Tom McCrumm and Judy Hoskins Haupt

Hoskins/McCrumm, Ashfield, MA

Very sad to hear of the passing of my cousin, Lee Ellis. We did not see each other often over the years, but I have always treasured the times we spent together. He was a gentle, kind and loving person that always made my family feel loved and important to him. Lee and Paula loved to visit our home in the mountains of Pennsylvania and their visits were a delight for my whole family. We will miss him.

Judith Ryder, Pitman, NJ

Our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your dear loved one. May the knowledge of your loved one resting in God's memory as well as your own bring you comfort. John 5:29

M. Carter , Atlanta , GA

It was an honor to meet Lee this past December. He was a charming and entertaining man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially my Dear friend Lynn. Love you all.

Jane Ilges, Seminole , FL

As I said to my wife, outside of family I would describe Lee as one of the top three persons I've ever known. And I don't know who the other two are. Meanwhile, they'll soon be playing the Tennessee Waltz up there.

Bob Lystad, Kansas City, MO

Lee taught generations of young lawyers what it meant to be a trusted legal adviser. He was a gifted trial lawyer who always maintained his humanity, and demonstrated to others the importance of maintaining an ethical center in the practice of law. Years after I left Baker & Hostetler, he kept in touch and even came to my swearing in as a prosecutor, which meant more to me than I ever could say. I send my condolences to Lee's family. May he rest in peace.

Gregory Paw, Philadelphia, PA

I got to know Lee and Paula through the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association. When I was a young lawyer, Lee always made it a point to speak with me to find out what I was doing, to share his war stories with me, and offer encouragement. He was a fine man.

Ken Stallard, Washington, DC

I met Lee when he was a law clerk at Frost & Towers. He was a great lawyer and an even better friend. I shall miss him.

Peter E Derry, Mt Pleasant , SC

I had known Lee Ellis for 45 years and worked with him for 25 years at Baker & Hostetler. It is impossible to adequately describe what a wonderful man and mentor Lee was to everyone at the firm. Without a doubt, everyone who knew Lee will miss him so much. May he rest in peace.

Rose Papaioannou, Little River,, SC

Condolences. I had no idea Lee had been sick. What a shock. He will be missed in the Barristers and elsewhere. N D Ward

Nicholas D. Ward, Washington, DC

While I have not kept directly in touch with people from my high school days. I do track news from the Marple-Newtown High School website. I was very sorry today to hear of Lee's passing. However, it was a great joy to read of his significant career and many accomplishments.

Scott Duncan, Madison, AL

What a fun and fascinating person Mr. Ellis was! We always enjoyed being in his company. He was just a wonderful person and we will miss him very much.

The Cenci Family, Beaufort, SC

I am blessed to have "known" him through his daughter Louisa. He sounded like a true family man and cared very much for his daughters and grandchildren. Hopefully he is at peace with his love in Heaven, and the family will also find peace soon knowing they are back together. Much love to everyone.

Kelsey Albright, Denver, CO

Lee was the conscience and moral compass of the BakerHostetler Washington office. He was also a great companion for Washington Nationals baseball games. There is never a replacement for a nonpareil, but Lee's role, and his particular fit, has not, and likely never will be, replaced.

Elliot J Feldman, Bethesda, MD

You could search a lifetime and you would not find a better person, a better friend, a better mentor, a better lawyer or a better partner than Lee Ellis.

Ed and Iris Beckwith, Arlington, VA

Lee T. Ellis, Jr., age 72, died on January 13, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Ellen and Lee Ellis, and his wife of 48 years, Paula. He is survived by daughters Lynn Hency of St. Louis and Louisa Gorton of Denver and their husbands Bill and Dan, grandchildren Julia and Billy Hency and Olivia and Audrey Gorton. Also, he is survived by a sister, Jayne Shaver of Midlothian, Virginia, and her husband Kevin. He was god father to Arthur Schweitzer of Alexandria, Virginia, and Michael Shaver, active duty United States Navy, Grayslake, Illinois.

Mr. Ellis was a trial lawyer with the national firm of Baker & Hosteller LLP in Washington, D.C. He began his law practice in 1970 after graduation from Georgetown University Law Center. He was an undergraduate at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, numerous federal courts and the Bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mr. Ellis tried cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. Disputes involving professional sports, elections, political redistricting, libel, First Amendment issues and defense of medical professionals were among the number of high profile cases he handled. In 2006, he was named the District of Columbia Defense Lawyer Association’s lawyer of the year.

In the community, Mr. Ellis supported the extensive volunteer work of his wife, including her service at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in the public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, and at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He was president of the University Club of Washington, D.C. and its charitable foundation, the Washington chapter of the National Service organization, the Cosmopolitan Club, and its charitable foundation. Mr. Ellis was a longtime member of the Commercial Law League of America and The Barristers in Washington, D.C. In Savannah, he was a member of The Landings Club.

After services at St. Peters’ Episcopal Church on Skidaway Island in Savannah on Monday January 22 at 11 am, Mr. Ellis will be interred at the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the University Club Foundation, 1135 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 or the Marshes of Skidaway Island Endowment Fund, 95 Skidaway Island Park Road, Savannah, Georgia 31411.

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Offering our heartfelt and deepest sympathy for your loss. Please know that God is close to the broken-hearted. He will continue to help you get through these most difficult times. “Psalm 147:3” and “2 Corinthians 1:3”

, ,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , ,

I am sorry for your loss Jehovah God has promised a resurrection hope for mankind Again I am sorry for your loss. please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, you can get more information on our web sight JW.org. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

It was my great pleasure to have Lee as both my law and tennis partner for many years. He exemplified every trait you would want in either type relationship. We all learned so much from Lee about the law and how to practice it that he truly was the soul of the firm. I hope his extraordinary example continues to guide us for many years to come. Sincere condolences.

Ken Howard, Washington , DC

My deepest condolences to Mr. Ellis' family and friends. During this truly sad time, may you find comfort from God. The prophet Isaiah said of God, "You will safeguard those who fully lean on you; You will give them continuous peace, Because it is in you that they trust."-Isaiah 26:3

B.B, , Ga

Having known Lee for a short time, I realize how very special a person he was. He joined a little group that I began which toured unusual sites around Savannah. Always, he was interested in learning and enjoying each place that we toured, including sports, musical and other offbeat spots. Our tours always ended in dinner together as a group....and a good time was had by all! Lee was a gentleman and a joy to know. His intellect and inquisitive mind were evident in all the different venues we visited. My condolences to his family. Maggie Mitchell

Maggie Mitchell, Savannah, GA

Patricia and I regret that we are not able to be in Savannah to bid Lee farewell and to express our condolences to the family. Lee was a fine man, a good friend and a valued law partner who enriched all of our lives. While his suffering is ended and he is reunited with Paula, his absence leaves a void for all of us. Please know that in this difficult time our thoughts and prayers are with the family of which Lee was so proud.

Joseph and Patricia Berl, Washington, DC

Lee was our friend for only a brief 4 years. We adored being with him and will miss him terribly. Our sincere condolences to all his family.

Pat and Arnie , Savannah, Ga

I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find comfort in The Bible's resurrection accounts that give us a sure hope that our deadl loved ones will have the opportunity to live again in peaceful and happy conditions, and there will be no more sickness. (John 5:28 & 29); (Isaiah 33:24)

Nitha & Family , ,

It was my great privilege to have Lee as my law partner for nearly three decades. He was, quite simply, the finest lawyer I have ever known. Lee and his dear, sweet Paula were faithful friends to Darla and me. We are deeply saddened that they departed far too soon. May they rest in peace and may Lynn and Louisa and their families find comfort in their memory.

Louis R Sernoff, Delray Beach, FL

Over the last several years we had the good fortune of getting to know Lee. He could not have been a more caring, kinder or more compassionate companion and friend to my mother, Joan Swanson. We were blessed and will always be grateful that he came into our lives. Our sincere condolences to his family. He left much too soon and will be truly missed.

Cynthia Swanson & Michael Kutner, Geneva, Switzerland

My sincerest condolences.

Kathleen Wilson, Pembroke, GA

Sending My Sincere Condolences. Mr. Ellis will always be remembered as an ALL AROUND GREAT GUY AND FOR HIS LAUGH!

Yvette Cook, Washington, DC

Lee Ellis was a great mentor to all of the young attorneys in the litigation section of Baker & Hostetler. For me personally, Lee was the epitome of character, professionalism and selflessness in the legal profession. I was always thrilled whenever Lee would ask me to be his guest at Georgetown University basketball games. What fun! I shall miss him greatly.

Stephen Nix, Washington, DC

My sincere condolences to Lee's family. I worked with Lee on many occasions in Washington on medical issues. He represented the Medical Society of the District of Columbia on many occasions. He was a great attorney who was at his best in defending wrongly sued physicians. If one was discouraged and depressed Lee was there to cheer you up and remain optimistic. In the courtroom, he had a very relaxed style. But after the low key preliminaries, he would tear into the opposition with facts and win the case. He was a terrific attorney who helped so many in the medical field. Lee had a warm, engaging personality and it was always enjoyable to be in his company. He shall be missed! Raymond Scalettar, M.D., D.Sc., Past Chair, American Medical Assn Board of Trustees

Raymond Scalettar, M.D., Potomac, MD

Tom and I fondly remember both Lee and Paula from high school. Lee really did Marple Newtown proud. They both were good folks and passed way too early. We send our thought and prayers to their family. Tom McCrumm and Judy Hoskins Haupt

Hoskins/McCrumm, Ashfield, MA

Very sad to hear of the passing of my cousin, Lee Ellis. We did not see each other often over the years, but I have always treasured the times we spent together. He was a gentle, kind and loving person that always made my family feel loved and important to him. Lee and Paula loved to visit our home in the mountains of Pennsylvania and their visits were a delight for my whole family. We will miss him.

Judith Ryder, Pitman, NJ

Our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your dear loved one. May the knowledge of your loved one resting in God's memory as well as your own bring you comfort. John 5:29

M. Carter , Atlanta , GA

It was an honor to meet Lee this past December. He was a charming and entertaining man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially my Dear friend Lynn. Love you all.

Jane Ilges, Seminole , FL

As I said to my wife, outside of family I would describe Lee as one of the top three persons I've ever known. And I don't know who the other two are. Meanwhile, they'll soon be playing the Tennessee Waltz up there.

Bob Lystad, Kansas City, MO

Lee taught generations of young lawyers what it meant to be a trusted legal adviser. He was a gifted trial lawyer who always maintained his humanity, and demonstrated to others the importance of maintaining an ethical center in the practice of law. Years after I left Baker & Hostetler, he kept in touch and even came to my swearing in as a prosecutor, which meant more to me than I ever could say. I send my condolences to Lee's family. May he rest in peace.

Gregory Paw, Philadelphia, PA

I got to know Lee and Paula through the D.C. Defense Lawyers Association. When I was a young lawyer, Lee always made it a point to speak with me to find out what I was doing, to share his war stories with me, and offer encouragement. He was a fine man.

Ken Stallard, Washington, DC

I met Lee when he was a law clerk at Frost & Towers. He was a great lawyer and an even better friend. I shall miss him.

Peter E Derry, Mt Pleasant , SC

I had known Lee Ellis for 45 years and worked with him for 25 years at Baker & Hostetler. It is impossible to adequately describe what a wonderful man and mentor Lee was to everyone at the firm. Without a doubt, everyone who knew Lee will miss him so much. May he rest in peace.

Rose Papaioannou, Little River,, SC

Condolences. I had no idea Lee had been sick. What a shock. He will be missed in the Barristers and elsewhere. N D Ward

Nicholas D. Ward, Washington, DC

While I have not kept directly in touch with people from my high school days. I do track news from the Marple-Newtown High School website. I was very sorry today to hear of Lee's passing. However, it was a great joy to read of his significant career and many accomplishments.

Scott Duncan, Madison, AL

What a fun and fascinating person Mr. Ellis was! We always enjoyed being in his company. He was just a wonderful person and we will miss him very much.

The Cenci Family, Beaufort, SC

I am blessed to have "known" him through his daughter Louisa. He sounded like a true family man and cared very much for his daughters and grandchildren. Hopefully he is at peace with his love in Heaven, and the family will also find peace soon knowing they are back together. Much love to everyone.

Kelsey Albright, Denver, CO

Lee was the conscience and moral compass of the BakerHostetler Washington office. He was also a great companion for Washington Nationals baseball games. There is never a replacement for a nonpareil, but Lee's role, and his particular fit, has not, and likely never will be, replaced.

Elliot J Feldman, Bethesda, MD

You could search a lifetime and you would not find a better person, a better friend, a better mentor, a better lawyer or a better partner than Lee Ellis.

Ed and Iris Beckwith, Arlington, VA


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