Tarry Ellison


Tarry Lee Ellison, was born in Columbus, Ohio. She was the second child born to the late Lemon J and Marion V (Bates) Ellison, on January 2, 1947. Tarry grew up in Flytown (old Westside) and moved to the Westside known as Burnside. Tarry was baptized at an early age at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, and rededicated her life, where she remained a faithful servant, until God called her home on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Tarry received her education in the Columbus Public School system. She attended Everett Jr. High and Central High School. She furthered her education by attending Ohio Beauty School and Gospel Lighthouse Church School of Ministry. Tarry had many endeavors that she was working on such as Ladies Go Home Inc., Robert’s Lawn care, her prison ministries, and her favorite, talking on the radio. She was proud of her first beauty shop. Every time we would ride down Miller Ave., she would let you know that was her first shop. But most of all, she loved serving the Lord and singing her gospel music. When talking on the phone she would always say, “I’m not going to hold you long” (smile), 2 hours later, but she never ended a conversation without saying, I love you and God loves you more.

Tarry is preceded in death by her parents, Lemon and Marion Ellison; son, Robert L. Ellison; sister, Penny Mohammed; and brothers, Joseph A. and Thomas H. Ellison.

Tarry is survived by her son, Michael L. Ellison, Sr.; grandsons, Michael Jr., D’Von Ellison and Robert Mullins Sr.; granddaughters, Da’shanta and Amanda Drew, Tamia, Mykeisha, and Brianna Ellison, and Justice Mullins; great grandchildren, Michael III and Mi’Air Ellison, Robert Mullins Jr., Giavonni Drew, Ayiona, Chaniya Mullins, and Liberty and Freedom Mullins, Ahniya and Ahlaiya Thomas, Daymoni, Dayonna, Dayceon, and D’Kari Wright, Elihah, Ethan, and Emiya Martin, and Journee Johnson; uncle, Adam Ellison; special cousins and friends, Betsy Bates, Theresa Alfred, Lynn Brice-Conner and Angela Drew; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Private Services entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Emma Middlebrooks

    So sorry for my friend family I didn’t no you had gone home you will be missed your friend Emma

  2. God bless the family of our dear “Tarry.” I have known Tarry and her late sister, Penny for years. We went to middle school together. I pray God’s richest blessings on you.

    Gloria Pearson Bent, Columbia, SC

  3. My condolences on your loss. May Tarry rest in peace.

  4. So thankful to have met Tarry years ago and she has left such an imprint on my heart. She always had a smile on her face and loved to tell everyone about how great Jesus was. I saw her not too long ago and she did what she did every time. She placed her hand on mine and told me she loved me. You earned your wings, Tarry and are with your family celebrating with Jesus. You will be greatly missed. Praying for the family as they mourn the loss of an angel they knew on earth.

  5. Kimberleigh Harris

    How your smile will be missed! Rest well, Tarry, in the arms if the Father.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Gwendolyn H. Rogers

    Terry is a magnificent representation of the Spirit of God in that she gave and served others wholeheartedly. She motivated others to care about the less fortunate, the down-trodden, the homeless and those abandoned and forgotten including those brothers and sisters incarcerated.
    Accordingly, she served tirelessly and particularly in the Mt. Olivet Prison vineyard where her ministry will be sorely missed.

    • What a beautiful spirit of a woman! She exuded the love of Christ. Her love for God, her family and the church. She will always stand out in our memory for her faithfulness to God and the prison ministry. She will be greatly missed! Our condolences to the Ellison family.

      With love and heart felt sympathy.

      Kathy & Deaconess Hazel Carter

  7. Praying for the Lord to comfort you. I’ll miss Tarri and our times on the road. She’s now in her Father’s house reunited with her loved ones. Bless her, she made it over.

  8. I love you granny … Forever in my Heart Justice and Liberty will miss you forever …. Because of you We know the lord and how wonderful he is ! Without you there would not be no us …. and we’re forever thankful We will mourn you into we join you Fly high Tarry Lee

  9. Praying for peace and comfort for family, friends, and all affected by the passing of Sister Ellison. She will be truly missed.

  10. Condolences to the entire Ellis family, Tarri was loved by her Mt. Olivet family and she will be greatly missed especially in Sunday School. She rests from her labor and has received her reward.

  11. Prayers and condolence to the Ellison Family and friends,
    In my younger days my dad would take me and my siblings to visit my brother Michael at that time Tarry told me I could call her (momma) since she don’t have a girl. Ms. Tarry will be missed.

  12. She is a very special woman of God filled with passion to help others ,I am greatful to met her my a soul Rest In Perfect Peace

  13. Our remember our years at Everett Jr. High School and than on to Central together. We worship at Mt. Olivet together and always keep in touch. Whenever we got together we talked about the good old days a Central “the River Rats” LOL. I shall always remember your friendship. I know you made it over. Say hello to all of our old school mates. Praying for the family you left behind.

  14. Evangelist Patricia smitj

    My friend you will be missed and always remebered we shared so much I willnever forget you

  15. Minister Doris M. Thomas

    My amazing sister friend will be missed and always be in my heart we shared our minister at the radio station and was getting ready for more community events together she loved to do the Lord work and ministered to all that she came into contact with now she is at rest with the Lord but I will never forget her LOVE YOU Ms. Tarry

  16. So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know her very well just met a few times, but I knew she was a god loving person by just listening to her talk, she made you feel like you were somebody. Had all the right words to say to you very loving. She will greatly be missed.

  17. To the family,
    Sister Tarry Ellison had a smile you never forgot. She was such a sweet, kind hearted person. Hold close to your hearts the many memories. Praying for you all that the Lord will give you peace and comfort today and in the days ahead.
    We love you, John and Yolondia Poole & Family

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