Brownie Ellis was one of Roane County’s liveliest residents, living a rich life beyond the auctioneering business that so many knew him for.
The industrious businessman, lovingly known by some as the “mayor of Midtown” died Saturday, Nov. 5, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
His distant cousin, Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis, said Brownie provided inspiration for his hard work and interest in politics.
“It has hit me really hard. He was like a third cousin to me, but he was more like a grandfather,” Randy Ellis said.