3219 South Main Street Anderson, SC 29624

Edwin Van Ellison Jr July 16, 1946 - February 28, 2023

Edwin Van Ellison Jr, 76, of Anderson, SC, passed away on Tuesday February 28, 2023.

Born on July 16, 1946, in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late Edwin Van Ellison Sr and Lois Gambrell Ellison. Van was a Veteran of the US Army ASA, having served in Korea and Germany. He was of the Baptist faith and loved Softball and his Gamecocks. His love of softball led him to volunteer as a coach for the Belton-Honea Path softball team. He was also employed in the textile industry and with Kroger Bakery.

He is survived by his Siblings: Phil Ellison (Myra), Kathy Hill (Donnie), and Kay Allred (Steven); Nieces: Mandy Shumaker (Adam) and Tracy Jester (Tim); as well as three great nieces, three great nephews and one great-great niece.

A committal service will be held at 1pm Friday March 10, 2023, at MJ Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Van’s name to the USO at uso.org or to charity of your choice.

The Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory South Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.


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    Randy Brown says

    I live right up the street from Van and talk to him on a regular basis and didn’t know he had passed until I read the obituaries in the paper this afternoon. I think it was Friday when I talked to him last and he seemed fine, for a person our age at least. I’m gonna really miss him.

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    Dennis, Frances, Lois B. and Family says

    Kathy, Donnie and Family, we extend our sympathy to you. May our LORD and Saviour give to you HIS Comfort and Peace in your hearts today and the days ahead. You are in our ‘Prayers’ and thoughts, Love you,

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    Amanda says

    Van I will miss you. You were a great sweet person who would tell me so many stories about your life. You held alot of wisdom and educated me on many things. Sending all love, prayers, and condolences to family and friends.

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      Phil Ellison says

      Amanda -thank you for honoring Van and for your prayers.

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    phillip ellison says

    Thank you Randy for these kind words. I remember him mentioning your name often when talking about his neighbors.

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    Phil Ellison says

    Thank you so much

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    Phil Ellison says

    Dennis and Family Thank you so much

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    Phil Ellison says

    I tried to respond to all of you but not certain it went through. Thank you all so much for the kind words. prayers and honoring Van.

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    Jennifer (Marett) Smith says

    Hi Ellison Family,
    This is Jennifer, Susan’s daughter. I am so so deeply saddened to discover he has passed. Van was every bit of a father to me as anyone could be. He took care of me and kept me safe more times than he probably should have. He is one of the most incredibly intelligent and selfless people I’m
    convinced I will ever know!! I wish I had known sooner. I had just spoken with him in January via text. He promised me he would give his sister Cathy my number in case of emergency. But I can hear him now, “Nah, I didn’t want to bother anyone”. Van, I love do very much!!! You can stop making monthly trips to Momma’s gravesite and now visit with her in our Father’s Kingdom for eternity!!!

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    phil ellison says

    I just saw your condolence and we greatly appreciate your comments. Sorry we did not know how to contact you. He loved you and your Mom greatly.

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