Ellis, James Garvin
A native of Erwin, Tennessee, James Garvin Ellis was born in 1921. He died June 14, 1982 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Ellis served for thirty-six years as chief photographer with the Johnson City Press-Chronicle. He took the Press-Chronicle position in 1946 after returning from military duty and after completing his degree program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in August of that year. Ellis also served as an associate professor of photojournalism at ETSU from 1973 until his death. The Jimmy Ellis Photojournalism Laboratory at ETSU's Department of Mass Communication was dedicated in his honor on October 14, 1984. Ellis' wife, June, is a native of Greeneville, Tennessee. They raised twin daughters, Janice Ellis Rowan and Melanie Ellis Norris, both graduates of ETSU.