Mr. Darrell “Tadpole” Ellington

Mr. Darrell “Tadpole” Ellington

Mr. Darrell “Tadpole” Ellington

Mr. Darrell “Tadpole” Ellington
September 23, 1977 – May 11, 2021

Darrell “Tadpole” Ellington, age 43, passed away on May 11, 2021. Tadpole was proud to be from Goodland, and was one of the best commercial fishermen almost since he could throw a let-go and pull a crab trap. He loved the outdoors and being on the water. He was a hard-working man who would do anything for a friend in need.

Tadpole was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Clyde and Winnie Driggers, and his paternal grandparents, Harvey and Alease Ellington.

Tadpole is survived by his parents, Marty “Frog” Ellington and Norma Jean Ellington; daughters, Haleigh and Hannah; brothers, Travis and Kyle (Lory); loving companion, Caitlin; former wife, Holly Dudley (Shannon); a niece and nephew; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends, all of whom loved him dearly.


Betty J Sharp

May 13, 2021, 9:55 pm

My deepest condolences! I’m going to miss you’re Smiling face when you came into my work every morning! Rest easy my friend

Shawanda Graham

May 13, 2021, 9:58 pm

The family has my deepest condolences right now in there time of need. I have known Tadpole since school and over the years of my family buying fish and blue crabs with him and his father. From the Stockner Family

Todd & Keri Couture

May 13, 2021, 10:58 pm

That picture sums Tadpole up to the tee! He always had the greatest ability to make you laugh! Todd and I can’t believe we will never get to see him again! Todd has known him since kindergarten and throught the years no matter how much time passed they always picked up were they left off. He was one of the best and we will miss him. Frog and Norma Jean you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry!

Michael Kittrell

May 14, 2021, 4:39 am

I love you two Mike kittrell God bes.

Monica Baxter

May 14, 2021, 12:39 pm

You will be forever in our hearts. Rest Easy Friend. May your heart rest and rise with God by your side! ♡ Monica

Dorothy DeMichele

May 14, 2021, 7:42 pm

Heartfelt condolences to the Ellingtons. Thinking especially of you and sending love, Norma Jean.


May 15, 2021, 6:13 pm

He was a true friend to me even when I was going through my trauma with my hand and cancer, he was there for me, can’t believe he’s gone, my best friends and family who ever knew tadpole, will know what I’m talking about, rest in peace my friend, can’t believe you’re really gone!!!!

Johnette Austin Shawn

May 15, 2021, 6:52 pm

Sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Jenny and I were sitting here looking at all your pics. We love y’all, praying for all of you.RIP Tadpole

Pamela Anderson Reding

May 16, 2021, 12:39 am


Robert Edgerton Jr.

May 16, 2021, 7:38 pm

Frog and Norma Jean –
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bob Edgerton Jr.

Della cribbs

May 17, 2021, 11:44 am

Norma Jean I’m so sorry for your loss wish I could be there for you guys this is such a sad day for everyone love you guys prayers for you guys

Emilee Lake

July 16, 2021, 8:56 am

So sorry and sad to hear of Tadpole’s passing. He was a hard worker and strong in mind and body.
I watched from across the street, nearly twenty years ago, he and Holly start their married life together and welcome Haleigh into the world. Life got rough for awhile, they parted but both found their way out of the darkness that had enveloped them.
For Tadpole, I don’t think being on the water was ever work. It was his life, the way of it.
Condolences to Tadpole’s family, Frog, Norma Jean, Kyle, Travis, Caitlin, Haileigh, Hannah and all those bereft by his passing

Lori H Stanley

October 9, 2021, 12:42 am

Frog. The Hanks family would like to send our heartfelt sympathy to your family on the loss of your son. This name probably does not ring a bell but we are the ones who used to come to Goodland on a regular bases and stayed in Louie Andrews trailer. Our relatives were Ernest and Pat Stamey. We sure have some great memories of spending time with you. [email protected]

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