BRIDGEPORT - Frank “Ellis” Benham, 86, an educator, went to be with our Lord Thursday, Dec. 22, in Bridgeport.

A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 26, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial in Thomas Cemetery.

Rev. Gary Sessions officiated. Pallbearers included Ellis Benham, Rob Ratliff, Dylan Benham, Colt Langford, Adam Benham, and Rusty Benham.

Ellis was born on Aug. 10, 1925, to Clyde and Mary (Carnes) Benham in Hamlin, Texas. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for two-and-a-half years as a radioman and was stationed in Guam.

Ellis was united in marriage to Peggy Lemens on Dec. 27, 1952, in Glen Rose, Texas. He went to Weatherford Junior College, then North Texas University where he earned his masters degree.

Ellis taught in Glen Rose, El Dorado, Weinert, Weatherford Junior College and Lon Morris Junior College. He was a teacher and then principal in Byers and a counselor at Henrietta.

Ellis was a superintendent at Bellevue for seven years and later moved to Bridgeport where he counseled at Bridgeport High School and retired in 1988. He was in education for 37 years.

Ellis was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Stanley, Gailord, and Kenneth Benham; and his sisters, Vera Profitt, Myrtle Hester Evatt, Marie Maddox and Vada Lisenbee.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 58 years, Peggy Benham, of Bridgeport; his sons, Craig Benham and wife, Phyllis, of Bridgeport, Steve Benham and wife, Tammy, of Henrietta, and Lonny Benham and wife, Rita, of Bridgeport; his daughter, Treva Byrne, and husband, Jimmy, of Iowa Park; his 12 grandchildren; his 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.