VIRGINIA LEE ELLISON, 90, of Ironton, Ohio passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017, at her residence. The Kentucky native was born January 16, 1926, the daughter of the late Sarah Frances Maddox Thompson and James Rupert Thompson. She is survived by her husband Billy Joe Ellison, whom she married July 12, 1962. Virginia was a homemaker and a member of Tri-State Baptist Church in South Point, Ohio. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Howard Ellison; three brothers, James R. Thompson Jr., Howard M. Thompson and John M. Thompson; and a sister Beatrice France. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Susan Kerns of Ironton, Ohio; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton, OH 45638, with Rev. Tim Jayne officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Friends and family may call Wednesday from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. www.phillipsfuneralhome.net .
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