Edwin Morrow Ellington
Edwin Morrow Ellington, 98, of Shelby, N.C., formerly of Ashland (Bellefonte), Ky., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 5, 2019.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 74 years, Marie Hilton Ellington.
Ed was born in Morgan County, Ky., on March 6, 1921, to the late James L. and Nannie Perry Ellington, and moved with his family to Ashland when he was two years old.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by seven siblings and their spouses; Lorice Ellington (Edna), Lucy Ellington Cook (Roy), Lenore Ellington Cook (Roy), Maxie Ellington Cook (Henry), Ola Ellington Williams (Clyde), Leta Mae Newsome (Charles), and Lester Ellington (Mae); and granddaughter, Amy DeChirico.
Ed is survived by his son, Stephen Ellington (Linda) of Shelby, N.C., and daughter, Judith Ellington DeChirico of Charleston, S.C.; three grandchildren, Susan Ellington Etheridge (Greg), Wake Forest, N.C.; Perry Ellington (Terri), Ninevah, Ind.; Brian DeChirico (Mallary), Hilton Head Island, S.C.; four great-grandchildren, Samuel Etheridge, James Ellington, Nicole DeChirico, Banks DeChirico, Georgia Haun, and Bowman DeChirico.
Ed was a 1939 graduate of Ashland Senior High and a 1942 of Ashland Junior College. He began his career at Armco Steel (currently AK Steel) in 1939 while attending Ashland Junior College. Following graduation, Ed enlisted in the Army, serving over three years, with two years in the European Theater as Staff Sergeant. He was in five campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. After peace came to Europe, while waiting for transportation back to the U.S., he enrolled in Dijon University, Dijon, France, where he studied French language and civilization.
After his discharge from the Army on December 15, 1945, Ed returned to his work at Armco until his retirement in 1982 with 43 years of service. He was a member of the Armco Management Club for 34 years, Chairman of the Plant Community Chest Drive, President of the Ashland Toastmasters International Club, and a trustee for the City of Bellefonte, Ky. He was a lover of nature and enjoyed gardening and hiking the hills of Kentucky and West Virginia which he continued to do into his eighties. During his retirement, he served on the Baptist Disaster relief team and was ordained as a minister, serving as the pastor of Southside Missionary Baptist Church in Louisa, Ky.
Ed was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and his family was blessed by his life, his love, and his faith in God.
Funeral service with military honors will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Cecil Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Online condolences can be made at cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Published on November 7, 2019


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Joe Barker
Nov 07, 2019
I remember Mr. Ellington from the Ashland YMCA. He was very personable and always seemed to have a smile.