The John A. Ellison Board Room was recently renamed to the Mary W. and John A. Ellison Board Room. A dedication luncheon was held on August 13, 2001, with the Ellison family members.
Mr. Ellison was the chairman of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees at the time of his death on April 27, 1974. He was an executive with the Greenville area Belk-Simpson stores. He was an outstanding Christian businessman and civic leader. After his death, the college named the board room in his memory and his wife, Mary, established the John A. Ellison Scholarship Fund which provides financial help to worthy students.
Mrs. Ellison died March 4, 2001, at the age of 86. She was a homemaker and was survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Judi and Jim Rushton, Peggy and Ed Good, and Jane and Todd Milford; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. After her death, the college added Mrs. Ellison’s name to the board room title. Their portraits hang in the board room of the Donnan Administration Building.
Article printed in the March 2002 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.