Barry C. Ellison, 73, of Casey County, Kentucky, left this life to go home on March 29, 2023. Born November 27, 1949, Barry was the son of Clarence Ellison and Alma Rayburn Ellison of Yosemite, KY.
Just like his father, Clarence (Sarge,) Barry was a Veteran of the United States Army where he served during the Vietnam War Era as a Military Policeman.
Barry was a kind soul with a caring heart and a grand appreciation for others. He was a member of the Middleburg Baptist Church and spent many years at the Hustonville Baptist Church until he could no longer attend. He had a beautiful singing voice and was often heard singing or whistling throughout life. He had a special love for music, cars, and racing. He had strong integrity but could be bought with sweets. A good chocolate or pecan pie would disappear in minutes with him.
Barry was a Firefighter and loved helping others. He and a handful of his friends established the East Casey County Volunteer Fire Department in Middleburg, KY, where he served as Fire Chief for 12 years. He was Casey County Assistant EM for several years. As a young man, Barry worked the milk delivery route before becoming a dedicated Maintenance Mechanic at ATR in Danville, KY, where he retired.
From the young age of 32, Barry struggled with Parkinson’s Like Syndrome. Even in the hardest of times when he could not make his body do what he needed, he had a smile that carried warmth and would light up a room. In all the years, he never offered complaint to his circumstances nor to what he could or could not do. He purposefully gave 120% all day every day from the beginning of his journey.
Barry is remembered by his family for working on something and singing to the radio or snickering while telling tales about days gone by and most of all, for the love he showed for his wife, Brenda, and his family. He was most proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments in life, of which he was known to brag to others about quite often.
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Brenda Grider Ellison; and his children, Nick Ellison (Starla), Andrea Clements (Dwayne) and James Ellison (Laura). Barry was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, all boys. His grandchildren, Allison, Cody, Johnie, Shelbie, Clyde Jr., Harley and Haleigh; and 4 great grandsons, Roman, Camden, Declan and Colton. Barry also leaves behind 2 sisters, Portia Phelps (Tommy) and Debbie Yates; one brother, Clarence Ellison, Jr (Angie); 4 nieces, Stephanie Dykes, Jyn Yates, Caroline Dixon and Beth Long (Larry); and a special aid, Alec Chappel.
Barry is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Madeleine DeShea Brockman.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Maupin officiating. Burial will follow in Fair Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Casey County Veterans Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, March 31, 2023, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Nick Ellison, James Ellison, Clay Ellison, Dwayne Clements, Harley Ellison, Clyde Clements, Jr., Johnie Ellison and Rick Wesley.
Arrangements for Mr. Barry C. Ellison are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.mckinneybrown.com.
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