Rev. Paul Ellison

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RITA, W.Va. — Rev. Paul Junior Ellison, 88, of Rita, went to be with the Lord Mon., Oct. 21, 2013, from his residence after a brief illness.

Born March 13, 1925, in Logan County, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Millard Ellison. Also preceding him in death were three children, Robert Ellison, Drema Copley and Teresa Toler, and his siblings, Silas and George Ellison, Catherine Knight, Mary Walls, and Marie Brown.

Rev. Paul was a disabled coal miner formerly employed with Belva Coal Co. He was an honorary member of Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 64 years, Myrtle Ellison; eight children, Larry (Lisa), Paul Jr. (Barbara) and Jackie (Carol) Ellison, and Mary (Joe) Blair, all of Rita, Kenneth (Sherry) and Donald (Jean) Ellison, both of Asheboro, N.C., John (Rosa) Ellison of Ethel, and Janice (Cecil) Curry of Morristown, Tenn.; one brother, Clifford Ellison of Ohio; 32 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thurs., Oct. 24, at Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home with Rev. Butch Cobb officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at

Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home of Man is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Logan Banner from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013