Koonce’s legacy abundant
A man who served Tunica in many ways died July 27, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, surrounded by his family.
Ellis Everett Koonce, Jr. was born at home to Ellis Everett Koonce and Gladys Drake Koonce on December 3, 1929 in the Woodland community of Birmingham, Alabama. He moved to Tunica with his family and had lived in Tunica so long that he was considered a lifelong Tunican. He was schooled in Tunica and served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Don; they were married for 62 years. Ellis started his insurance career at The Woolfolk Company after his marriage to Mary Don.