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ELLISON, JOYCE age 69, of Ellenwood, GA passed May 1, 2019.

The Remembrance Service Celebrating the Life of Ms. Joyce Ellison will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 1:00 PM at our Chapel. Rev. Laurence Parison, officiating. 


Joyce Edwina Ellison was born on August 31, 1949 to the late James and Malenda Ray Ellison in John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. She was the youngest of two children born to this union. Her brother, James “Penny” Ellison, preceded her in death.

Joyce accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized, and was an active member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Union Springs, Alabama during her early years. After moving to Atlanta, she joined, and remained an active member of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

Joyce was educated in the public schools of Bullock County, Alabama. She graduated from Carver High School in Union Springs in the class of 1967. From there she matriculated at Trenholm State Technical College, located in Montgomery, Alabama, majoring in Business Administration.

Following graduation from Trenholm, Joyce moved to the greater metro Atlanta, Georgia area, where she resided up until her passing. Joyce had several successful careers over the years. Some of these include modeling (Barbizon), airline stewardess (Delta Airlines), banking (several area banks), and long careers with both Coca Cola Bottling Company, and Nestle Corporation. After leaving Nestle, Joyce went back to school and earned her Real Estate License. She was employed with Atlanta Metro Brokers Real Estate Agency up until her demise.

Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Myron Ellison; two grandchildren, Marnecea Fields, Madeline Knox. One great-grandson Ky-mani Dixon.  A special cousin, Grover Jackson, Jr., and a host of cousins, and friends.

Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel, Atlanta, GA 404.758.1731.

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  • Monday, May 13, 2019
    The staff of Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home will keep you and your family in our prayers.
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  • Monday, May 13, 2019
    My deepest condolences to the family. May God be with you and give you peace In your time of grief. Reading from the Scriptures can help. (Revelation 21:4 ).
    ~ joyceA   DE
  • Monday, May 13, 2019
    My condolences to the families at this time of such great loss (Psalms 23).
    ~ Viola   LA
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to the Ellison family. I am so sorry for your loss. It's no way to really describe the pain one feels when death overtakes a loved one. Feelings of sadness and grief can be overwhelming during this time of mourning. However, comfort from the scriptures can give you hope. John 5:28,29 speaks of the promise of the resurrection. That scripture says, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." What this can mean for your family is a real hope of being reunited with your dear loved ones. If you would like more Bible-based information about the resurrection hope, please visit our website at
    ~ Brittany   IL
  • Friday, May 17, 2019
    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joyce Ellison. She will be truly missed. The things that I will miss mostly about Joyce is her laugh our long conversations and her wealth of knowledge that she was always willing to share. May God be with you and comfort you during this great loss. Keeping you in prayer.
    ~ La Shaun   Norcross, GA
  • Sunday, June 2, 2019
    To the Ellison family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your dear loved one Mrs. Joyce. Death is our enemy, the scripture at 1 Corinthians 15:26 shows that this enemy will soon be brought to nothing. May this scripture comfort you during this most difficult time.
    ~ JB
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    Please accept my sincere condolences. Your family and friends can be a great source of comfort during such a grievous time. You can also find comfort from Jehovah the God of comfort. 2 Cor: 1: 3,4
    ~ Rhonda