Joseph Marvin (Joe) Ellison

Born in Lafollette, TN on June 27, 1949

Departed on November 29, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mr. Joseph Marvin (Joe) Ellison age 70, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Joe was born in Lafollette, TN, to the late Newt and Lola Ellison and attended public schools in Campbell and Claiborne counties as well as University of Tennessee and Aviation Academy of North Carolina. After serving in the United States Coast Guard, Joe was employed in sales of Mack and Kenworth trucks. In 1981 Joe joined Eaton Corporation in Sales and Marketing for 27 years and retired in 2008. Over the course of their marriage, Dale and Joe had a total of 11 relocations in several states and were fortunate to have enjoyed them all in addition to traveling all 50 states along with much of the world from Europe to Australia. He served as treasurer for the Friends of the Library and was a board member with Vol State Keep Educating Yourself Program. He was a member of the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club. Joe enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fly fishing, golfing, and was an avid reader. He was a member of the Powell Valley Masonic Lodge #488 F. & A.M. for forty-five years and a Shriner with Al-Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville. Joe will be remembered for his zest for life and sense of humor, but above all the deep and lasting friendships he built while traveling the country.

He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Dale Greene Ellison in addition to his sister, Hazel Claiborne. Also, surviving is a niece, Mona Somers of North Carolina and nephews, Greg Hodges of Rutledge, Martin Claiborne of Chattanooga, and Dr. Ed Claiborne of Greeneville.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 2:00 P.M., Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and Thursday from 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Memorials can be made to Shriners Children Hospitals, Humane Society of Sumner County,, or a charity of your choice.

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40 Comments to Joseph Marvin (Joe) Ellison

  1. Cyril Coots
    December 1, 2019 1:41 pm

    So sorry for you loss.

    Cyril Coots
    Eaton / Dana retiree
    Henderson, Ky

  2. Jim Fager
    December 1, 2019 2:22 pm

    Joe hired me in 1993. He was a dear friend. We always talked on our birthdays. Joe came to Virginia a couple years ago to do some fly fishing. It was so great to see him and break bread together. I will miss him.

  3. Robert B Ellison
    December 1, 2019 2:27 pm

    I enjoyed meeting Joe and discussing our reli

  4. Jeff Romig
    December 1, 2019 10:24 pm

    Very sorry for your loss Dale. I so enjoyed my friendship with Joe while at Eaton and enjoyed hearing from you both at the holidays. Harriett and I send our best to you.

  5. Alice Childress Littell
    December 1, 2019 11:14 pm

    I am so saddened to hear about Joe’s passing…I went to school with Joe at Well Springs Elementary and known his family for years..Condolences to his wife and family….

  6. Geneva Woodson Younce
    December 2, 2019 6:09 am

    So sorry for your loss. He was a very nice person and I remember his big smile.

  7. James Cornelius
    December 2, 2019 6:37 am

    So sorry to hear this. I attended school ith Joe @ Valley View and @ LHS. I would see Joe at several truck related events over the years. He will be missed.

  8. Randy Burchette
    December 2, 2019 7:30 am

    Dale,sorry for your loss.Joe was a good friend

  9. Richard Brown
    December 2, 2019 7:51 am

    So sorry to hear of Joe’s death . I grew up with him
    at Wellsprings and attended school with Joe all thru
    to Highschool.

  10. Renie Brown
    December 2, 2019 8:17 am

    Our condolences to you and the family. We will miss Joe but are thankful to have known him

  11. Sue Ann Smith
    December 2, 2019 10:48 am

    My condolences to the family. Joe was a terrific friend and colleague. Joe truly was one of the greatest people I know.

  12. Diane Johnson
    December 2, 2019 12:42 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Both you and Joe were very special to me in so many ways. May God hold the both of you in his hands and give you strength and peace.

  13. Tom and Elaine OBoyle
    December 2, 2019 3:25 pm

    Dale. So sorry to hear about Joe. He was a joy to work with and fun to be around. I will always remember the customer visits with Joe, he was so respected by his customers .Our condolences to you and the family.

  14. Larry Cooper
    December 2, 2019 4:11 pm

    My condolences to the family. Joe was a friend while we were students at LaFollette High. He was a good man.

  15. Rick Claiborne
    December 2, 2019 4:43 pm

    We’re very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Always enjoyed talking with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.
    Ralph, Juanita, and Rick Claiborne

  16. Dave Renz
    December 2, 2019 7:32 pm

    Dear Dale & Family,

    We were so saddened to hear that Joe had passed away. Our heartfelt condolences to you and family. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to talk to Joe recently. Typical of Joe, he took the time to call me and boost my spirits after my accident. Our almost 40 year friendship was a blessing and I know I’m a better person because of Joe.

    Rest in Peace good friend.

    Dave and Carol Renz

  17. Marilyn Peter's Sebby
    December 2, 2019 7:41 pm

    Went to school with Joe at LHS. He was a nice guy. My condolences to you, Dale.

  18. Phillip Rutherford
    December 2, 2019 8:02 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Joe was a very good guy.

  19. Christopher Konkel
    December 2, 2019 8:53 pm


    So sorry to hear about Joe. I first had the chance to meet him when he was in OEM sales. He was well respected in his roles at Eaton but even more so for his great character. Loved his dry sense of humor.

    Condolences to you.

    Chris Konkel

  20. Danny and Cherry Clark
    December 2, 2019 9:08 pm

    Dale, a lot of people are sharing your grief with you as we have lost a great co-worker but most of all a great friend. Cherry and I are praying for you during these difficult times but know he is at peace with the Lord.

  21. Dr. Gary Peevely
    December 2, 2019 9:38 pm

    I knew Joe and Dale when we went to PVHS. Joe was always friendly and a great person. Our condolences for your loss Dale.

  22. Jay Riley
    December 3, 2019 8:58 am


    Very sorry for your loss. Joe was such a good man and friend, one of my favorite coworkers over the years. I will miss him and his humor greatly as will everyone who knew him.

    Please accept my condolences, praying for you at this difficult time.

    Jay Riley

    • Joyce Davis
      December 3, 2019 10:20 am

      So sorry he was such a great person in school. God Bless his Family. He will be so so missed but never forgotten.

  23. Joyce Davis
    December 3, 2019 10:09 am

    I’m so sorry. Such a genuine man. We all went to school together. So So kind he will be missed But never forgotten. Prayers for his family.

  24. Joyce Davis
    December 3, 2019 10:23 am

    He was a really good man so sorry for your loss. Very kind

  25. Mona Ellison Somers
    December 3, 2019 11:22 am

    I will miss you so much- alot of memories Prayers to all the family

  26. Jeanie and Darrel Johnston
    December 3, 2019 11:51 am

    Dale, we are so saddened by Joe’s passing. We so enjoyed our friendship with him; talking politics (gently, of course), sharing food, laughter , tears and G & T’s. We will miss him. The world is a little less brighter without Joe in it.

  27. Linda McEntire
    December 3, 2019 3:18 pm

    Joe was the most enjoyable man and always made me feel important to him. His sense of humor was so special. He was a joy to work with at Eaton and after we both had retired we were still very good friends. I am a better person because Joe Ellison was in my life! May he rest in peace.

  28. William Gross
    December 3, 2019 7:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. As evidenced by many co workers Joe was well respected and we all listened when Joe talked He was a blessing to us all. May he Rest In Peace

    Bill and Beth Gross

  29. Dave Leonard
    December 3, 2019 10:55 pm

    Dale, sncere condolences on the passing of your beloved husband. Joe was a good man and respected by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Our common bond was the state of Tennessee which he dearly loved. Rest in peace my friend, eternal peace in Gods kingdom.

    Dave and Pat Leonard

  30. Mark Jeffrey
    December 4, 2019 6:49 am

    Last night I was deeply saddened to heard of Joe’s recent passing while I was with a gathering of former Eaton & Dana employees. Lots of great people worked for Eaton and Joe was at the top of the list. My sincere condolences to you Dale.

  31. Richard Donovan
    December 4, 2019 7:05 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss,Joe was always friendly and understood my “ different “ sense of humour!

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Richard and Brenda Donovan.

  32. Mark E Gianneschi
    December 4, 2019 11:13 am

    Here’s the person Joe was: We met Dale and Joe just a few years ago. Today it feels like we’ve lost a lifelong friend.
    Rest in peace, Joe; you are missed.

    Sandy & Mark Gianneschi

  33. Lee Carrier
    December 4, 2019 12:45 pm

    Dale, so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I know he will be missed.
    My prayers are with you.
    Lee Carrier

  34. Gloria Deaner
    December 4, 2019 3:09 pm

    Dale — I send my deepest condolences in the loss of Joe. I will remember him with smiles and respect for his intelligence. May God bless you and fill you with a sense of His Presence and with His comfort.

  35. Linda Claiborne Massey
    December 4, 2019 3:34 pm

    Dale, I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a classmate and friend. I fondly remember his kindness and ease with everyone. It was so nice to reconnect with him at our 50th high school reunion.

  36. Trisha Kile
    December 5, 2019 5:27 pm

    Dear Joe,

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed our friendship over the years. I guess I’ll have to sit idly by without you to talk to now when Dale is asking Phil’s football opinions! Thanks for appreciating my sarcastic humor & vice versa. I especially loved the “hot dog appetizer” at our last dinner together. Ate a piece of Clayton fruitcake today in your honor. Enjoy your new, healthy body 😘 Love U

  37. Saundra Womack-Callahan
    December 9, 2019 5:10 pm

    Sending my sincere condolences, Joe was a wonderful person and sweet cousin. Very sorry for your loss Dale, prayers of strength and peace to you. We were very sadden to learn of Joe’s illness and passing.

  38. Alice Littell
    December 9, 2019 11:48 pm

    I want to get in contact with Joe,s wife,, Dale
    Can some help. Nelp

  39. Mark A. Henry
    December 18, 2019 9:01 pm

    Joe was one of my favorite cousins, he was loved and fun to be around. Peace and comfort , I pray our Lord to give to the family.

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