Let the memory of Joe be with us forever
  • 59 years old
  • Born on September 1, 1951 .
  • Passed away on November 28, 2010 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joe Ellison, who was born on September 1, 1951 and passed away on November 28, 2010. We will remember his gentleness, kindness, intelligence, and quiet dignity forever.

If there is truth in the saying "we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give'', then the life of Joseph Ellison was a shining example of such truth. 

Born September 1, 1951 in Summerton, South Carolina to Sylvester and Leila Ellison, Joseph was raised from infancy in Detroit Michigan , a city he never strayed far from . It is where he met and married JoAnn Anderson with whom he had and raised two sons, Jason Lamar and Damian Jarreau both of whom are deceased . 

An alumni of Cass Technical High School Joseph attended and graduated from Michigan State University where he earned a degree in Systems and Computer Science. With a gift for best-practice project management and software quality assurance, Joseph demonstrated time after time his ability to deliver effective solutions as evidenced by a long list of satisfied clients including Dow Chemical, Navistar Int'l ., Digital Equipment, Sybase Inc. , and Owens-lllinois. Among the companies fortunate enough to receive his services were Net Star PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-packard (formerly Digital Equipment), and more recently, Iknowvate Technologies and Capgemini Consulting .

His awards and affiliations included membership in the Project Management Institute both the Joliet Townhouse and community-based non-profit Joy-Southfield Community Development Board of Directors; a three -time recipient of Digital Services Circle of Excellence Award; co-inventor on patents for Adaptive Electronic Engine Control Systems; co-inventor on patents for Intelligent Process Control Communication Systems.

Among his hobbies Joseph enjoyed photography and jazz. He was an avid and prolific reader a superb bowler and for a time played the cornet. Joseph was an active and long-time member of Second Grace United Methodist. He was an excellent father and provider and raised his sons to be strong, proud, intelligent, loving, and self-sufficient all traits that defined himself.

Joseph was preceded in death by his father Sylvester Ellison and both his sons, Jason Lamar and Damian Jarreau . He is survived by his mother Leila Ellison; three brothers Johnny Ellison, Greg Ellison, and Carl Ellison; one sister, Sylvia Ellison; and a host of aunts uncles cousins and other relatives and friends.

Posted by Eddie Robinson on September 1, 2019
I miss you so much it hurts. Everyday, I wish you were still here to talk to, to ask for advice, just to give you a hug. Everyday, my hope is that I’m down here making you proud. Happy Birthday, Unc. I love you. I look forward to the next time you visit me in my dreams. Give Jason a hug for me, up in heaven
Posted by Eddie Robinson on September 1, 2018
Sitting here watching Barack Obama gives this eulogy at McCain’s funeral, I’m so reminded of you: grace, classiness, intelligence, dignity, sense of humor, warmth, and love. You were the best example for a young black boy to follow and I’m so blessed to have had you in my life, growing up. Happy birthday Uncle. I miss you everyday.
Posted by Eddie Robinson on September 2, 2017
Happy belated birthday, Dad.
Posted by Jo Ellison on September 1, 2017
never forgotten...your smile, your kindness, your willingness to help, and your intelligence. I know all of Heaven loves u 2.
Posted by Jo Ellison on November 30, 2016
My friend, my hero, the "Goodest" Samaritan...rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.
Posted by Jo Ellison on September 1, 2016
Thinking of you, today, Joe, and cherishing the wonderful memories that fill my heart.

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