Photo: Friends and family of the late Kevin Yates wore matching T-shirts to court. Photo by Dan Henry.
Today, Ellis, 49, can preach regularly at the Batesville, Miss., church, work out three days a week and eat healthily because in his chest beats the heart of a Chattanooga man killed by a drunk driver.
"Kevin's heart in my body, thanks to the grace of God, has been compatible since day one," he said.
Kevin Yates' Chrysler Voyager minivan was hit head-on in the early hours of July 31, 2011, according to court records. The Voyager collided with a Jeep Wrangler driven by Latisha Stephens, who was going the wrong way on Highway 153.
The 25-year-old Yates died the following day.