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Friends remember Longview man killed in Wednesday crash

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LONGVIEW, TX - A Longview man is killed in a morning accident. Police say it happened around 7 o'clock Wednesday at the intersection of Jaycee Drive and Highway 31. Charles Ellis, 56, was driving his Dodge Neon when he was hit by a pickup truck.

Witnesses reported that Ellis was attempting to cross Highway 31, when he pulled out in front of the truck. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The people who knew Ellis say he lived a life of service, and died way too soon.

"He was so involved in the rodeo, the Great Texas Balloon Race, and hands on a hard-body, and Alley Fest and he was just right in the middle of everything that's going on," said Trey Patterson, owner Patterson Nissan.

To the City of Longview, Ellis was a jewel.

"He loved Longview and he had this zest for life that most people couldn't even fathom," said Patterson. "Charles wasn't just the life of the party, he helped set it up."

"Charles had a learning disability and he was a little bit slower but he had the biggest heart of any human I've ever met," said Patterson.

"You would have never guessed that he was special in any way because he took charge of every situation and never let it hold him back ever," said Tammy Skinner, Ellis' friend. "He would volunteer before you ever asked him to. He say, 'Hey, it's time for the so and so we need to be there, we need to volunteer and you needed to get all your friends and you need to show up and he said that about every single event in Longview."

Welch Funeral Home Director Marcus Welch was friends with Ellis for more than 20 years.

"Charles was always the first person to call me on my birthday," said Welch. "In the morning he call me at home and say, 'Happy birthday!' And, I'd say, ‘Charles, I know it's you because you're the only one that's going to call me this early.'"

From birthday wishes to his infectious laugh, Ellis is sure hold a special place in his friends' hearts.

"One of the sweetest, kindest humans that has ever graced Longview, Texas and we're proud that he's our friend," said Patterson.

A memorial service for Charles Ellis will be held Saturday morning at 10:30am at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Longview.

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