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John D. Ellenburg

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Tuesday, December 5, 1939 - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mr. John D. Ellenburg of Dothan went to his heavenly home Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 75.  

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Kinsey Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Douglas, Rev. Sam White, Rev. Edward White and Rev. Brad Hardy officiating. Burial will follow at Memory Hill Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory of Slocomb directing. 


The family will receive friends at Kinsey Baptist Church on Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. 


Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2346 West Main St. Suite 3, Dothan, AL 36301. 


Mr. Ellenburg was born December 5, 1939 in Covington County to the late Rev. C.M. and Ira Andrews Ellenburg. John's younger years consisted of living a farm life with his family in rural Geneva, Houston, Covington Counties and later years Wicksburg. For 50 years, John owned and operated Dothan Vault & Septic Tank Co. LLC. He was a founding member of the Alabama Septic Tank Association and was a current member and former president of the Alabama Onsite Wastewater Association. John was a devoted Christian and member of Kinsey Baptist Church where he taught the Men's Sunday School Class, served as a deacon and was very active in his church until his health began to fail. John loved his family and was a passionate hunter and greatly enjoyed fishing with his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and the "greatest" Papa to his grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, five brothers: Charles Ralph Ellenburg, Jerald Raiford Ellenburg, Joseph Edward Ellenburg, Joe Frank Ellenburg, and C.M. Ellenburg Jr.; two sisters: Mary Lou Noel and Sarah Nell Schaeffer all preceded him in death.


Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Jean Sellars Ellenburg; one daughter, Jelena Jo Ellenburg Leger (Gregory); two sons: John Christopher Ellenburg and Scott Ray Ellenburg (Roxie); eight grandchildren: Wesley, Ben and Haley Searcy, Savannah, Alexis, Caroline and Taylor Leger and Jacey Ellenburg; several cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.          









Funeral Service

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015



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Jennifer Sullivan

My sincere condolences to your family. I enjoyed working with Mr. John through my job with the health department. He will be missed.

With Sympathy,
Karla Jackson

To Jean and family. I don't know if you remember me I am the daughter of John & Helen Jackson. Daddy owned Jackson Gas & Electric and he and John and all the Ellenburg men were good friends. We attended Emmanuel Baptist Church on Hedstrom Drive back in those days.

I think I went to school with Chris somewhere along the way, maybe at Grandview. I remember we were paired up for square dancing at P.E. class.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
Karla Jackson
Patty Garvin

Mrs. Jean, Jalena, Chris, and Scott,
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. John. We are praying for you all, and looking forward to the day we'll be reunited with our daddies!
Patty (McCord) Garvin
Wanda Tyler Edberg Cotter

I am so sorry for your loss! Mr. John was a very respectful man. I enjoyed the many years that I have been blessed to work with Mr. John and the Ellenburg family. I pray for peace and comfort during this time of Loss.

Dale Ethridge Starling

Heaven gained a great man! David and I loved Mr. John and he will be sorely missed. He served his Lord and Master well. Our condolences go out to all of the family. You are in our prayers.
Love you,
David and Dale
Amy Sanders Mckemy

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family.
Pamela Wratchford Austin

My condolences on your loss of your beloved family member. Johnny was a great man. He will be missed greatly.
David Williams

So sorry for the loss of J.D. our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Sorry we are unable to attend the service, but illness prevents us from being there. We always felt welcome when we came to your home and we will miss J.D.greatly. if we can do anything, let us know.

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