John ‘Jabby’ Ellison
John “Jabby” Ellison of Sharpsville passed away at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, surrounded by family, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System after a brief illness. He was 82.
Born March 29, 1929, in New Castle, Mr. Ellison was a son of Emmett “Lefty” Ellison and Helen Bolton Ellison.
Jabby was one of the greatest all-around athletes ever at Sharpsville High School, from which he graduated in 1948. He competed in football, basketball and baseball, excelling in football and baseball.
Jabby played four years of football for the Blue Devils, two years of basketball and three years of baseball. He was All-Mercer County in 1945, ’46 and ’47 and was a second-team all-state selection in 1946. He held the single-season scoring record in football, scoring 17 touchdowns on the undefeated Blue Devil team of 1946. He also held the yardage record of 1,194 yards, also in 1946.
Jabby’s baseball career was curtailed by an arm injury. A southpaw, Jabby was signed by the Cleveland Indians, playing in their farm system. In 1950, with Spartansburg, S.C., he posted an 11-9 record in the Tri-State League.
He then went on to serve in the Army.
In 1983, Jabby was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame.
Jabby retired from Sawhill Tubular Division in Wheatland in 1985.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Sharpsville.
Jabby enjoyed nothing more than watching his many grandchildren participate in the sports he loved so much. He will be greatly missed by his family and the entire Blue Devil community, as there was no bigger fan.
Jabby was a beloved husband of 54 years to Carole Wilting Ellison; loving father of John Ellison, husband of Sherry, Palm Desert, Calif.; Tamara, wife of Dr. James Bonanni; Richard Ellison, husband of Tracy; Mathew Ellison, husband of Gina; Brian Ellison, husband of Lori; and Tracy, wife of Jose Siguenza, all Sharpsville; proud grandfather of Christina Ellison; John, Joseph and Sara Bonanni; Amanda, wife of Randy Auman; Katie, Karly, Maria, Mathew and Michael Ellison and Brian Ellison II; Joseph, Annie, Nicholas and Maxwell Siguenza; and a great-granddaughter, Kendall Auman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Freedle; and brother, Charles “Chow” Ellison.
In lieu of flowers, his family suggests contributions to First United Methodist Church, 148 E. Shenango St.; or Jabby Ellison Memorial Fund at First National Bank, 9 E. Main St., both Sharpsville, PA 16150, to be used to support Sharpsville School Athletics.