AB, Vanderbilt University, 1954.
Owner Cardet Distributing Company, Clarksville, Tennessee, 1956-1985. President, owner Det Distributing Company, Nashville, since 1973. Chairman Cedarstone Equities, since 1986.
Chairman Davidson County fundraising committee Governor Lamar Alexander, Nashville, 1978. Member Small Business Administration Advisory Board, Tennessee, since 1984. Commissioner Tennessee Human Rights Committee, since 1986.
Member National Beer Wholesalers Association American (board directors since 1983), Tennessee Malt Beverage Association (chairman since 1982). Clubs: Richland Country, Nashville City.
Son of Edgar Ellis and Elsie (Stroud) D. Divorced; children: Sally, George, Helene, Ann Kathryn.