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Funeral services announced for 14-year-old killed in tractor accident

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Last Updated on January 4, 2023 1:53 pm

The funeral service for Cole Ellis will be live-streamed today (Wednesday January 4, 2023) by Alliance Bible Fellowship starting at 1:45pm http://abfboone.org/livestream


Funeral services have been announced for a Sugar Grove youth that was killed in a tractor accident on Friday.

Cole Ellis, age 14, of the Sugar Grove community, had been feeding cattle in a field when the tractor he was operating lost traction and began sliding down a hill and then overturned. Responders arrived on the scene and found him deceased underneath the tractor.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 3rd, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 4th at 2:00pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship.

The family respectfully requests no flowers, but donations can be made in Cole's honor to either the Cove Creek Chapter of the FFA or the Watauga High School Chapter of the FFA.


Obituary courtesy of Austin and Barnes Funeral Home.

Mr. Cole Jackson Ellis, age 14, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, December 30, 2022.

Born March 5, 2008 in Watauga County, a son of Andrew and LeAnn Cole Ellis and brother to Cody. Cole was a member of Willow Valley Baptist Church, a freshman at Watauga High School and a huge part of the farming community through the family business, Ellis Cattle Company.

In his brief 14 years here on earth, Cole touched many lives as a young farmer. Ever ready to lend a hand, he would gladly step up to any farming challenge. He was most certainly an old soul in a young man's body. It's been said by many that he could out work any man three times his age and had more work in his pinky than any other 14 year old.

Cole was proud to be the first President of the Cove Creek Elementary Chapter of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and being a mentor to so many farmers, both young and old.

Cole had a heart for livestock and was always buying or trading on his chickens, goats and calves. He worked hard at everything he did (except homework) and kept himself busy from morning until night if he could.

There were many things in his life that Cole was proud of, but none more than being “brother” to Cody. The two had a bond that no one can ever match and he cherished every moment he could spend with him. Cole was the best big brother a little brother could ever ask for.

Cole is survived by his parents, Andrew and LeAnn Cole Ellis and brother Cody Ellis, all of the home. Grandparents Larry and Peggy Ellis of the Foscoe Community. Gail Winebarger and Darrell Lowrance of Vilas. Kenny and Leah Cole of Vilas. Great Grandmother Shelby Cannon of Vilas, Great Grandmother Ina Bolick of Lenoir and Great Grandfather Franklin Cole of Vilas.

Also left to cherish his memory are Uncle Allen Ellis, wife Brandi and cousin Allie. Aunt Amber Smith, cousins Laci and Laythan. Uncle Chad Cole, wife Maria and cousins Abby, Paisley and Clayton. Special cousins Ethan and Nathan Bolick and Callie Bolick Sherrill. Girlfriend Marina Wilson. Cole is also survived by numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Cole Jackson Ellis will be held Wednesday, January 4th at 2:00pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 NC Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, NC 28607. Officiating will be Pastor Ray Greene, Pastor Derrick Wilson, and Pastor Chad Cole. Burial will follow at the Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 3rd, from 5:00pm until 9:00pm at Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 NC Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, NC 28607.

The family respectfully requests no flowers, but donations can be made in Cole's honor to either the Cove Creek Chapter of the FFA or the Watauga High School Chapter of the FFA.

The family wishes to thank all those that responded to the accident. Cove Creek VFD, Watauga Medics, Watauga Rescue and the Watauga County Sheriff's Office. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Ellis family.

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