James Alexander "Lex" Ellis

James Alexander "Lex" Ellis, 52, advertising entrepreneur and strategist, died Dec. 27 in Mobile, Ala., following an accident.
James was born July 8, 1960, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He spent his childhood on the water in Fort Walton Beach and attended Fort Walton Beach High School and Northwest Florida State College. An accomplished sailor, James spent his adult life on the Gulf Coast.

He excelled in many career and business pursuits ranging from veterinary services and architectural restoration to accounting and finance. After founding and selling a software company, James was a founding partner in 1998 of MDi media group, a Mobile-based advertising and public relations agency recognized Inc. Magazine as one of the country's fastest-growing businesses. Through his work with MDi media group, James did a lot of business in Destin.

James is survived by his wife, Bridgett Murray-Ellis; partner, Dan Van Nostrand; parents, Patricia and William Ellis; brothers, William N. Ellis (Eugenia) and Jeffrey Ellis (Heidi); sister, Pamela Ellis Belloli; nieces, McKay and Natalie Renee Ellis; and nephews, Ethan Bellolli, Elliot Belloli, Timothy Murray, DJ (Donald Keith) Murray Jr., and Barry Murray. He is also survived by beloved dogs Sailor Grace, Rayne and Zeus and is preceded in death by golden retriever Torrey Tallulah Ellis.

An avid mixologist and generous host, Lex was known for memorable parties and thoughtful gifts. His life was celebrated appropriately with a party Dec. 30 in Mobile.

Gifts in his honor may be made to Partners for Pet Adoption Center, 4011 Maintenance Drive, Marianna, FL 32448.

Randy S. Fulton
Randy S. Fulton, Sr., 51, passed away in Destin Dec. 28, 2012. Randy was born, July, 28th, 1961, to Dixie and the late Daniel Fulton, in Chillicothi, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his fathe,r Daniel Fulton and nephew, Anthony Cole.

He is survived by his mother, Dixie Dewitt, of Lynx, Ohio; sons, Randy S, Fulton Jr., of Ocala, Fla., and Brandin of Ohio; daughter, Chelsa Lynn Lewis of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brothers, Terry Fulton, and Jeff Fulton; sister, Kim Cole; four grandsons; and one grandaughter.