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ALBERT ELLISON JR.

ALBERT ELLISON JR.

Mr. Ellison, 85, of Savannah, formerly of Linden, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at Hardin County Medical Center in Savannah. A funeral service was held Friday, December 8, 2023, noon, in the chapel of Young Funeral Home. Burial was at Harder Cemetery on Cedar Creek. He was born in Perry County, on Cedar Creek, the son of the late Albert Ellison, Sr. and Elsie Carrie Harder Ellison Boyd. He was a retired basketball coach, having last worked for Frank Hughes High School in Clifton from 1998 until 2006. He was a star basketball player for Linden High School from 1952-1954, winning back-to-back State Championships in 1955 and 1956. He played collegiate ball at Western Kentucky University. After graduation, he was drafted by the New York Knicks, but turned down the contract because of low pay. He began his forty-year career in 1960, coaching in Indiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi, before returning to Perry County where he coached at PCHS from 1970 to 1975. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jo Millard Ellison; sons, Jeff Ellison and Donnie Ellison; sisters, Eula Stockard, Nancy Barrett, and Linda Barber; and a brother, Eddie Ellison. Survivors include his children, David (Carol) Ellison of Savannah, and Barbara (Mark) Kirkelie of Spring Hill; grandchildren, Jamie (Chris) Langford, Jennifer (Drew) Matthews, Anna Rogers, John David (Mykah) Ellison, Jenna (Seth) Turner, Scott Ellison, Alicia Ellison, Kaleb (Pamela) Ellison, Paige (Lucien) Hamlet, and Lindsay (Nick) Clemons; twenty-six great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; sisters, Ollie Mae Moore of Linden, and Ruby Himes of Hohenwald; and a brother, James Ellison of Florence, Alabama.

 

 

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