Dr. Ellis was born and raised in Port Gibson, Mississippi, which is about thirty miles south of Vicksburg in Claiborne County. He is a sixth generation Mississippian with family in Claiborne County since 1828. He and his wife, Alice have six children and four grandchildren and counting. Dr. Ellis is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys riding his Harley and learning to play golf. The Ellis’ are members of Immanuel Baptist Church, and they have also been known to attend Mississippi State University football games.
Dr. Ellis attended Port Gibson High School and graduated from Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Port Gibson. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Political Science from Delta State University in 1979. Dr. Ellis is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree in 1983. Upon graduation, he returned to his home town of Port Gibson, where he practiced general dentistry until 2006 when he relocated his practice to Vicksburg. Dr. Ellis served his junior and senior dental school classes as president and is a past president of the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry Alumni Association. He is also a past president of the Mississippi Dental Association and also served many years on the MDA Board of Trustees and as a member of the MDA Executive Committee. Dr. Ellis is also a member of the American Dental Association, The Pierre Fauchard Academy and is a fellow of the American College of Dentists.
Dr. Ellis, Alice and their daughter Dr. Kaitlyn Ellis Morgan and her husband, Dr. Pierce M. Morgan have also participated in the Mississippi Dental Association sponsored MOM (Mission of Mercy) projects that provides dental care to thousands of needy patients. Dr. Ellis has also participated in the Donated Dental Services Program sponsored by the Mississippi Dental Association since its inception in 1995 and has provided dental care to needy disabled, elderly and medically compromised Mississippians in this area. In 2016, Dr. Ellis was recognized by the Mississippi Dental Association and the Dental Lifeline Network as their Mississippi Dentist Volunteer of the year for providing care to the largest number of disabled patients in our state since the program's inception in 1995. As of 2016, Dr. Ellis has provided almost $60,000 in donated care.