Watt A. “Dubb” Ellis, Jr.


Dub Ellis was born in Cherokee County, and still lives, as he tells people all over the world, in Centre, Route One, Alabama. Born to be a farmer, Dub produced his first cotton crop at age 13, and always innovative, received his first driver’s license when he was 12. Completing high school in Centre, he attended Auburn University and graduated after serving in the Merchant Marines in World War II.

Dub finished Auburn with a degree in agricultural science in 1949. He returned to work for Ellis
Brothers Farms, but his career was again interrupted by a two-year tour in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. When he returned, he helped Ellis Brothers Farms expand into a worldwide cotton seed processing and sales operation, with plants in Ellisville, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arizona. He is currently working on a multinational project to re-establish a cotton industry in Uzbekistan, in the former Soviet Union.

Dub was instrumental in organization of the Alabama Crop Improvement Association and served as one of that organization’s first leaders. He has held leadership positions with the Alabama Seedsman Association, Alabama Soil Conservation Districts, and Southeastern Ginners Association. He served as president of Sure-Grow Seed Incorporated and was instrumental in the company’s merger with Delta Land and Pine Company.

Dub is married to the former Sue Shadduck. They have four children: sons Andy and Shad, both of whom live in Centre; a daughter Susan Ellis, who lives in Montgomery: and a daughter Lynn Curry, who also lives in Centre.