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Thomas  Ellison, Sr.

Memorial for Thomas Ellison, Sr.

Born on Apr. 5, 1923
Departed on Jan. 16, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Thomas Ellison, Sr., 90, of Austin departed this life peacefully on January 16, 2014, surrounded by loving family members. He was born April 5, 1923 to Beatrice and Walter Ellison, Sr. He was married to Jessie Harvey Ellison (deceased) for 66 years.

Thomas was a loyal employee of Braniff International Airlines for 35 years. He started out as a skycap at the old Austin airport (off Airport Boulevard) prior to its move to Mueller (off Manor Road). Thomas ended his career with Braniff as an air freight supervisor, and retired when Braniff was purchased by American Airlines. He received many awards, accolades, and certificates for his hard work and dedication to the company and the traveling public. Many, many travelers knew Thomas by his first name and always stopped to chat because Thomas had such a quiet calm nature, engaging personality, kind listening ear, profound wisdom and knowledge of the world.

In his early adulthood, Thomas served as a scoutmaster, was active in the Sims Elementary PTA, served as an election judge for precinct 129, was active in the NAACP, and various neighborhood organizations.

Thomas, a WWII veteran of the Pacific Theater, sought and received Congressional support for the building of a subdivision for black WWII veterans under the GI Bill. The subdivision, near the current Morris Williams golf course, was a thriving community with manicured lawns and two-parent households.

Thomas loved to travel and he, along with his wife, traveled to Hawaii on several occasions, often vacationed in California, and visited many of the contiguous states and Canada.

In addition to his family, some of his greatest joy came from helping others. Thomas was generous with his treasure and his time. Individuals would come to Thomas for transportation assistance and/or money to tide them over "until payday." He never said "No".

Thomas was described by men as a "man's man" or "the man" because he embodied the strength, character and uprightness described in several verses of Proverbs. "He fears the Lord; He hates what is false; He hates evil; He does what is righteous; He speaks the truth; He is humble, not proud; He has a calm spirit; He is patient; He is concerned about goodwill/peace; He forgives those who wrong him; He is not vindictive."

Thomas was a devoted deacon of the Zion Hill Baptist Church for 62 years. During that time, he also served in various capacities including president of the deacon board and brotherhood. He was a dedicated Christian and walked a Christian path.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Jessie, and his son, Thomas, Jr. He leaves to mourn a family who loved him dearly. Four children, Carol Ellison-King, Joan Ellison-Satterwhite, Burt (Linda), and Kenneth (Marsha). A brother, Henry Ellison (Bayless), daughter-in-law Doris Ellison and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and friends who adored him.

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