John David Ellison
The Birmingham News,
ELLISON, JOHN DAVID, SR. John David Ellison Sr., age 80, of Calera, died
Sunday, December 28, 2008 at his home. He was the only child of Ellen
Robertson and Cornelious "Shorty" Ellison and was born in the
same house that he lived in at the time of his death.
David is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Pauline "Polly"
Ellison; and their 5 children, Paula Ellison Yoe, of Calera, John David
"Dusty" Ellison, Jr. (Lisa T.) of Monroeville, Michael Stanley
Ellison, Sr. (Cindy K.), Robin Ellison Andrews (Matt), and Stephen Randal
Ellison, Sr. (Kelly B.), all of Calera; 12 grandchildren, Mary Beth Yoe
Barnes (Jeff) and Daniel Yoe of Calera and Ginny Yoe Livings (Mark) of
Birmingham, John David Ellison, III and Dustin Ellison of Monroeville,
Michael and Nick Ellison, Brooke, Ashlea, and Amy Andrews, and Stephen
and Joshua Ellison, all of Calera; 3 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and
Hinton Livings, John Curtis Barnes, and another great grandchild on the
Dave retired from Abex Corp. after 35 years of service in management.
He was an all-around athlete and sportsman who played sports in Calera
and Jemison and had the honor of playing on Jemison's first High School
football team. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball team and
continued to play professional baseball between serving in the Army in
World War II and the Air Force in the Korean War.
While playing minor league baseball, after service, he met and married
the love of his life in Tallahassee, FL and they returned to Calera to
start their family. He was involved with many church, school, and civic
organizations including Little League Baseball, Quarterback Club (Captain),
the Masons, and served as Past Patron of O.E.S. Chapter 499 in Calera.
He was a charter member of Buxahatchee Country Club where he served on
Dave was an accomplished golfer and amassed a total of 8 hole-in-ones
during his playing days, the last on his 78th Birthday. Those later years
were spent at Magnolia Meadows with his golfing buddies.
David was a true servant and he felt blessed to do what service he could
at his beloved Shiloh United Methodist Church where he was a lifelong
member. He served on the Official Board in many capacities including as
a Trustee. He also sang in gospel quartets and served as choir director
for many years.
His many friends will remember his bright smile, his brilliant blue eyes
and most of all his love for the Lord and his family.
Visitation at Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home in Columbiana will be Monday
night, 6 - 8 p.m. followed by funeral service at Shiloh United Methodist
Church in Calera on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 11 a.m.
Interment follows at Shelby Memory Gardens in Calera. Rev. Joe Raines
presiding. Bolton-Letlow Funeral Home is directing.