Joel Dexter Ellison

April 24, 1961October 13, 2018

Joel "Dexter" Ellison, age 57, of Columbiana, passed away on October 13, 2018 after a tough battle with cancer. He was a veteran of the US Army. Dexter was a hard-working, family man and he will be terribly missed. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jolette Ellison; brother-in-law, Bernard Abrams; and sister-in-law, Barbara Tucker. Left to treasure his memory are his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth Tucker Ellison; sons, Joe Gothard (Regina) of Calera and Joel "J. D." Ellison (Quanetria) of Columbiana; grandchildren, Sierra Gothard (Jake), Kiersten Gothard, Megan Gothard, Khloe Gothard, and Joel "Gordo" Ellison; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Barron and Kathrin Souter; parents, Bobby and Agnes Ellison; brothers, Johnny Ellison (Cindy), Barry Ellison (Beth) and Bryan Ellison (Lisa); sister, Kaye Abrams; mother-in-law, Edith Tucker; brothers-in-law, Robert Tucker (Beverly), Daniel Tucker, John Tucker; sisters-in-law, Mary Lois Johnson and Karen Tucker (Dennis); and numerous nieces and nephews including his special niece, Marsha Bunn. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Rockco Funeral Home (Montevallo). The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 PM. Bro. Frankie Lornio will officiate. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Alabama National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Donna Carter Garrett

October 16, 2018

I’m so very sorry to hear of Dexter’s passing. He had such a sweet demeanor and wonderful smile. We went thru school together, seems like yesterday. My prayers and condolences to his family.

Missy Holcombe

October 16, 2018

Joel was a quiet yet faithful friend, the kind you could count on. Living close by, I only knew him from a distance until my sister in law hired him to cut firewood. With my husband no longer able to work due to Alzheimer’s, Joel agreed to do some much needed yard work for which I was very grateful. He was always kind, respectful, and loyal. He will truly be missed. I am praying for his family, that your many cherished memories will keep him forever alive in your hearts. Let us rejoice in the promise of a great reunion day!

Our deepest sympathy,
Dalwyn & Missy Holcombe

Debra Green

October 16, 2018

I'm sorry to hear about Dexter, Praying for the family May God continue to Bless you.
Thank You Dexter For Your Service in the US ARMY.