Arkansas Trainer "Mike" Ellison Dies

Robert D. "Mike" Ellison, an assistant trainer to James Garroutte, died March 13 in Arkansas of cancer. He was 43.

"He had been with me 10 years. He was a good person and a good horseman," said Garroutte. Before going to work for Garroutte, Ellison had trained on his own, and for several years operated a small stable at Oaklawn. He was a native of Pine Bluff.

Survivors include his wife, Robin, and a daughter, Kimberly Mills, of Texas. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in Oaklawn's Racetrack Chaplaincy Building. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at Shannon Road Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.