OBITUARY

Jerry Wayne Ellison

March 4, 1955November 24, 2019
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Jerry Wayne Ellison, recently of Frisco, Texas, transitioned from this life into the arms of our Lord and Savior on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Second Baptist Church, 407 E Broadway, Columbia, MO from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the church with Rev. Donald McNeal officiating. Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO with full military honors.

Jerry was born on March 4, 1955 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. He was one of five children from the union of Leroy Ellison and Ruby (Young) Ellison. He was raised in a Christian home and his parents wanted Christ to be a part of his early education. Jerry attended the Zion Lutheran parochial school from kindergarten to the sixth grade.

Jerry graduated from Poplar Bluff Senior High in 1973 and continued his education at Lincoln University of Jefferson City, Mo., graduating with a degree in Sociology.

In 1978, Jerry joined the United States Army. He served a six year tour and was stationed in Germany. Jerry loved Germany and returned several times after he left the military.

Returning to the United States in 1984, Jerry began a career in the Missouri Dept. of Corrections where he served for approximately 25 years, holding positions as a Corrections Officer, Caseworker and Unit Manager. He retired in 2010. After a period of retirement, Jerry began employment with the Phoenix Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program of Columbia, Mo., where he remained until a move to Frisco, Texas in Sept of 2019.

Jerry’s love for Christ was reflected in his service for the Lord at Second Missionary Baptist Church of Columbia Mo., beginning in 1992. He served on the Deacon Board and answered his call to ministry under the leadership of Rev. Donald R. McNeal. At Second Baptist, Jerry met his future wife, Donna. Jerry and Donna were joined in Holy Matrimony on March 13, 1993. Jerry later joined the Fifth Street Christian Church, where he taught Sunday School and was later ordained as Pastor.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Ruby Ellison. He leaves to cherish his memories: Wife, Donna Ellison, Sons-Jason Ellison (Kerpen Germany) and Jamaro Clark , Daughters- Lakeia Clark and Garlanda Williams, Brothers - Gary (Priscilla) Ellison, Roger (Delta) Ellison, and Darryl (Sandra) Ellison, Sister- Janice Ellison, Grandsons-Jamie Ellison, Jaylen Hayes, and Jayce Williams, and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Ronnie Carter
  • Michael Farris
  • Jamaro Clark
  • Daniel Stegeman
  • David Farris
  • Johnnie Wells
  • DONATIONS

  • American Cancer Society

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 7, 2019

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Jamie Enyart

December 6, 2019

MT. OLIVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
304 FULLENWIDER ST
CENTRALIA. MISSOURI 65240

December 7, 2019

To the family of Rev. Jerry Wayne Ellison,

"And God shall wipe all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

We, the pastor and members of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church are extending our heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of a husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Rev. Jerry Ellison. We encourage you during this time to pause and remember the many blessings that God allowed you to enjoy together and to also take courage to face the days ahead with the comfort of knowing that you will meet again in heaven one day.

Rejoice with him and thank our Heavenly Father for the life he lived among us, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him and the lives he touched. Our memories will always be with us, as friends and you, as the family. Rest assured his purpose has been filled and he is in a place now more beautiful than we can know until God with his infinite wisdom calls us home to meet again!

We are praying for you, continue to make God your hope and look up to the hills from whence cometh your help. May God continue to bless you and give you strength and courage. Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Be blessed with God's grace and mercy.

Sympathetically yours,
Pastor George L. Coleman Sr.
Officers and members of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Jamie Enyart Condolence

Teresa McKinnon

December 5, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and family in this time of Loss. We celebrate Jerry's life and the blessings that he bestowed upon us with his gifts. He is now in Heaven watching over us all. May he rest in peace and God Bless Donna and all of Jerry's surviving Family.
Sincerely,
~ Teresa McKinnon

Amy Courtney

December 5, 2019

Donna,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful person, how could he not be with you in his life! You are in my thoughts, be strong & know that he is no longer suffering, he is at peace with God!

Valerie Shaw

December 5, 2019

Condolences to Donna and family in your loss. Lean on and trust in God for he will not forsake you. You are in my prayers.

Donna Cavitte

December 4, 2019

My deepest condolences to Donna and the Ellison family. I always enjoyed Rev. Jerry's sermons and appreciated his service to my home church, 5th Street. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Daveana & Christopher Turned

December 4, 2019

A moment that holds special for us is when Uncle Jerry united Chris and I as husband and wife. We truly appreciate the time you spent with us to help make our ceremony unique and special. Thank you for your love and support! Forever in our thoughts and you will be missed.

Deborah Greene

December 4, 2019

I first met Rev. Ellison when he and Donna wed. I learned to love him when he became pastor at 5th. St Christian Church. I liked to listen to his thought provoking messages that included many lines that represented his quirky dry sense of humor and personality! He will truly be missed by all. Well done good and faithful servant. Take your rest now.

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