Shelby Jean Bardill Ellis, age 84

Mrs. Shelby Jean Bardill Ellis, age 84 of Rockwood, TN passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2022 in Oak Ridge, TN surrounded by her family. She was born September 29, 1937 to Fred Guss Bardill and Lena Laura Headrick Bardill in Lancing, TN. She was a registered nurse for many years at Harriman Hospital and served in various nursing roles over 5 decades. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church for many years. She was an avid reader and would get lost in the stories. Shelby was an amazing and nurturing mother to her children and all that she met. She was a caregiver through and through. She will be missed by many, but especially by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents: Fred and Lena Bardill; siblings: Marie “Tootsie” Brown, Faye Griffith, Roy Bardill, Charles Bardill, Joyce Powers, Ronnie Bardill, and Margaret Ruppe; beloved daughter-in-law: Tina D. Rhea; and husband: Brownie Ellis. She is survived by:


Siblings: Deloris Heidle (Louis) of Wartburg, TN


David Bardill (Judy) of Kingston, TN


Children: Jack Rhea  of Olive Branch, MS


Brian Rhea of Gordonsville, TN


David Ellis (Lisa) of Gadsden, AL



Brian David Rhea, Riley Ellis, Lauren Ellis, Brandon Rhea



Myklaya Rhea, Knox Rhea, Rainey Rhea, and Scott (Brandon) Rhea

Several nieces and nephews in the family

Special thanks to nieces Johnna DeBenedetto and Tomasina Leone of Philadelphia, PA

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm with a service from 2:30 pm- 3:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Harriman, TN with Pastor Michael Miller officiating. A graveside service will take place after at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you can make donations to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1658 Roane State Hwy, Harriman, TN 37748, either by mail or giving them a call at (865) 376-7647. Evans Mortuary is serving the family of Mrs. Shelby Jean Bardill Ellis.


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