Radney Funeral Home – Saraland

1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL


Robert Harold Ellison

September 28, 1932March 13, 2020

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Harold Ellison, loving husband, grandfather of three and great-grandfather of six, passed away at the age of eighty-seven. He was born in Mobile, Alabama and worked 40 years in Battle Creek, MI for the Federal Government. He then retired back to Creola, Alabama. He married Rachel Roberson in 1954 and they had three children who preceded him in death, Samantha, Selena and Robert. Harold had a love of building things and being a master tomato grower. He loved to be outside and was known for being a hard worker as well as wearing a beanie in all temperatures. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; sister, Jean Gunter; grandchildren, Heather, Kesha, and Ira; as well as his great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Visitation for Harold will be held from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Radney Funeral Home in Saraland, with a funeral service in the chapel immediately following. Interment will be in Creola Cemetery.


  • Samantha, Selena, and Robert, Children (deceased)
  • Rachel Roberson Ellison, Wife
  • Jean Gunter, Sister
  • Heather, Kesha, and Ira, Grandchildren


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Robert Harold Ellison

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Connie Sargent

March 16, 2020

Rachel, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful, loving husband. A visit at your home up here in Traverse City on Old Mission Peninsula was always filled with laughter and great conversations. Of course one could not visit without a treat from your garden. Harold loved working in his garden. His tomatoes were the absolute best. When they left early this last fall about 10 neighbors were blessed with their tomatoes. Rachel your neighbors love you and Harold and we send our love and prayers.
I hope we see you this summer .
Connie Sargent

Robyn Mead

March 16, 2020

We are so sad to hear of Harold's sudden passing; we had so enjoyed getting re-acquainted as neighbors this past fall, and were looking forward to having them back in the neighborhood this summer. We felt lucky to have such genuine, gracious, and generous neighbors--and were also blessed to be benefactors of Harold's bountiful tomatoes....
We are so very sorry for your loss, Rachel-- and so sad to be so far away. Everyone here in Old Mission sends our sympathy, love, and prayer to you and your family in the days ahead...
With Love from your Old Mission Neighbors,
~Robyn Mead