Calvin C. “Dan” Ellison, 85, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at Flo & Phil Hospice House in Jonesboro. He was born, November 26, 1937, to the late Clay Ellison and Fannie (Stoner) Ellison. He was united in marriage to Yvonne “Y” Davis on December 21, 1957, in Rockford, Illinois. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.
Dan was a police officer at the Memphis Police department from 1961-1995. He rose through the ranks retiring as a captain. After retiring, Dan and Y moved back home to Walnut Ridge. After 10 years of retirement, he was elected as sheriff of Lawrence County serving for three terms. While in law enforcement, he attended many schools and seminars including the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Before Dan’s passing, making a difference in something or someone was his hope.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son, Keith Davis Ellison, his parents, as well as 4 brothers and 5 sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Dana Ellison Osborn (Robert) of Lexington, Tennessee; grandchildren, Matthew Ellison Osborn and Bailey Ellison; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, January 27, 2023, from 12 p.m. until 1.p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Latham, Jr. Briner, Dennis Coggins, and J.R. Cox.