Michael Sean Ellison (Sean) of Fayetteville was called home by our Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Sean was born on April 19, 1978 in Marietta, Ga. and spent his early life in Cobb County. He was a 1996 graduate of Harrison High School, after which he attended Kennesaw State University, majoring in Finance. While in high school, he was a three-year member of the football team and wrestled for two years, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Sean had a heart for service to his family and friends, community and country. Before entering law enforcement, he was a Detention Officer in both Cobb County and Paulding Counties in Georgia. As a law enforcement officer, he served first as a Deputy Sheriff with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and later as a Police Officer for the City of Canton. In 2009, Sean enlisted in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant before being medically retired due to a service related injury he suffered in 2011. Sean was trained and served as a Combat Medic assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Cavalry Division.
Sean was a dedicated Boy Scout. At the age of 15, he earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 700, sponsored by Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. For his Eagle Scout project, he built a nature trail at Ford Elementary School in Cobb County. In addition to making the trail itself, he marked and described many species of trees and plants, constructed an earthen work seating area for use by students, a bridge to access the area and several tables used in the area. He was a faithful servant of Christ since accepting Jesus as his savior at age 10, most recently as a member of the Providence United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. At the age of 23, he selflessly donated one of his kidneys enabling a close friend to live. Sean was a diehard Georgia Bulldog fan, a true outdoorsman and could often be found listening to his favorite band, Metallica.
Sean is survived by his wife, Nicole Garrison Ellison; their two daughters, Madison (12) and Makenley (6); his father and stepmother, Michael H. and Amelia Ellison of Fayetteville; his mother and stepfather, Rhonda J. and Jim Jobson of Acworth; his sisters, Charlotte E. Weir (MAJ Jason and family) of Fort Hood, Texas, and Stephanie L. Ellison of Marietta; his step-brothers, Austin C. Burns of Cowpens, S.C., Matt Jobson (Susan and family) of Douglasville, Chris Jobson of Acworth; his grandparents, Parker and Frances Lowry of Acworth; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Fabian Garrison of Marietta; and his brother-in-law, Tony Garrison (Missy and family) of Marietta. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, COL Frank S. and Isabel F. Ellison; and maternal grandfather, James A. Ledford.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, December 19, 2017 at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Providence United Methodist Church, with Rev. Herb Flanders officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org;Healing 4 Hero’s (Service Dogs) of Fayette County, www.healing4heroes.org; or Providence United Methodist Church, 592 Bernhard Road, Fayetteville, Ga. 30215.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville – www.mowellfuneralhome.com