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Guy Ellison

Guy Cornwell Ellison

LAFAYETTE - Memorial services will be held at 4:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2012 at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension for Guy Cornwell Ellison, 84, who passed away on November 5, 2012 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX.

Reverend Joseph Daly and Reverend Duane Peterson will conduct the funeral services.

Mr. Ellison, a resident of Lafayette, LA, was the first born son of Clifford and Ruth Ellison of Oak Park, Illinois. He was a gift from God, blessed with an insatiable love of life and a thirst for knowledge. He embraced living. Gregarious and outgoing, Guy never passed a stranger. Everyone he met was an instant friend worthy of love and respect.

While serving America in the US Navy, Guy met and married the love of his life Beverly Shriver Ellison. World War II Victory Medal in hand, he marched eastward to his roots and the University of Missouri at Rolla. Four years later, Guy and Beverly rumbled out of Rolla with mining engineering and geological degrees in one hand and Guy, Jr. in the other. As the newest staff geologist, Guy supervised drilling rigs across east Texas. While in Tyler, he and Bev were blessed with a second son, Gregory. Guy continued his oil field journey with a stop in Shreveport and the birth of their daughter Carol before landing in Lafayette as the district manager of Sun Ray DX. Guy made the leap to independent geologist in 1963 followed shortly thereafter by the birth of his daughter Elizabeth.

Guy's quest for knowledge was eclectic. His book shelves were lined with tomes, spanning the spectrum from applied mathematics to time travel to the history of mankind. The written word fascinated him. He harnessed his knowledge, teaching in the Petroleum Engineering Department at USL, while earning his Masters degree in the same. Guy found an outlet for his studies, writing "His Universe" for his children. Guy believed God walked amongst us and revealed his presence to us everywhere in His Universe.

Over Guy's 55 years of life in Lafayette, he served the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in numerous capacities from Vestryman, to a member of the choir, usher, and of course Bev's Altar Guild assistant. He embraced Ascension's Theological group and lived for Thursday Lunch. Guy truly loved his band of brothers at the Petroleum Club's Round Table and relished his time with them.

He was the kind of man that sang the National Anthem with gusto whenever it was played (even if no one else was singing); loved to garden; wrote poetry; and he could brighten a child's day by doodling a funny note and dinosaur on a plain brown lunch bag. His love of travel and thirst to know more about the unknown brought him to all 50 states and most of the world. An overgrown kid, he always was the first to buy the latest electronic gadget and have a train revolving around our Christmas tree.

After Beverly passed away, Guy met and married Betsy Anderson. She provided him with companionship and love, making his last days happy and fulfilled.

When Guy passed away on Monday, the world became a little dimmer. His infectious smile and booming voice will roar no more but his spirit will live on in the lives of his family. So we say to you, Dad and Grandpa, thanks for life and love; job well done; be thou at Peace.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy Ellison of Lafayette, LA; two daughters: Carol Ellison Baker and husband Stephen of Lafayette, LA and Elizabeth Ellison Frost and husband Scott of New Orleans, LA; two sons: Guy C. Ellison, Jr. and wife Julie of Lafayette, LA, and Gregory W. Ellison and wife Jane of Lafayette, LA; seven grandchildren: Guy C. Ellison, III and wife Misty, Blake W. Ellison, Paige Ellison-Raney and husband David, Dr. Stephen D. Baker, Jr. and wife Ashley, Gregory W. Ellison, Jr. and wife Emily, John A. Baker and wife Ellen, and Kathryn E. Baker; four great grandchildren: Eli D. Raney, Sophia M. Ellison, John A. Baker, Jr. and Bennett S. Ellison; one brother, C. Dean Ellison and his daughter, Suzan R. Ellison of Columbia, SC; step-daughter, Michelle Dyer and step granddaughters, Lindsey and Andie Jo, and step grandson, Gabe.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Beverly S. Ellison.

The family requests that visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home of Lafayette on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 4:00 pm until 7:30 pm with a eulogy following visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project for wounded veterans - www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Personal condolences may be sent to the Ellison family at www.delhommefuneralhome.com.

Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Published in the The Advertiser from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012
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