Reverend John Thomas Ellington Jr.
Reverend John Thomas Ellington Jr., age 75, made his journey home on July 6th at his home in Mineral with his wife in attendance. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cooper Ellington and two sons, Jason Allen Ellington and Wayne Todd Ellington. He had two brothers: Robert Ellington and David Ellington, and a sister, Sandi Ellington Roberts. A native of Stafford County, he is the son of John T. and Elsie S. Ellington.
He began his call to serve God at the age of 15, when he preached at multiple small churches in Stafford and Orange counties. After graduating from Stafford High School he attended the University of Richmond and graduated from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. He then went on to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating with a Master of Divinity. He served as pastor in the following churches: First Southern Baptist Church, Clarksville, Indiana; Elmburg Baptist Church, Elmburg, Kentucky; Upper Essex Baptist Church, Caret, Virginia; Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Mount Carmel, Virginia; Mount Zion Baptist Church, Oak Park, Virginia; Hall Road Mission, Hampton, Virginia; East Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, Virginia; First Baptist Church, Norton, Virginia; and Goldmine Baptist Church, Louisa. He served with the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board in a two-year Special Missions Project for children in two mobile home parks with 300 mobile homes. He and his wife Barbara were members of the first evangelistic team to enter the Czech Republic after they became a democracy. John and his wife worked with the Madison County Rescue Squad for seven and half years as shock-trauma and cardiac tecs.While in Norton, Virginia, John served as chaplain in both hospitals in the city and lead chaplain in one. He also served in the role of police chaplain for the Norton City Police Department. John was an active member of Lions Club International and served as governor of District 24-F.
For the last five years, John served the Louisa County Public School system by driving a school bus. Just another example of how he worked in the community in which he lived.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that gifts be made to a special endowment in John’s name. This endowment will provide scholarships to Louisa County High School graduating seniors. This fund is not set up for scholars going to college only, but to help any selected graduates needing continuing education and who have shown a committed desire to learn a trade to make his/her life or the lives of others better.
Send donations to:Goshen Baptist Association P.O. Box 296, Mineral, Virginia 23117 Memo: The John Ellington Endowment Fund