‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees

Graveside Service

Forest Lawn Cemetery
Monday April 5th, 2021

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Bill's visitation.

Bill Ellison




William McKinley Ellison, Jr.




William McKinley Ellison, Jr., 87, of Laurens, SC passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2021 at Martha Franks Retirement Community. 


He was the son of William M. “Mack” Ellison and Mary Orr Ellison also of Laurens. Mr. Ellison received his education from Laurens High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology. Mr. Ellison worked as a design engineer for Milliken Research Center, LTV Aerospace and Greenville Steel and was a member of several professional societies including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.  In 1978 he founded Ellison Machine Co. in Laurens, SC providing custom machining and engineering services. He became a knowledgeable collector of antique tractors and farm equipment.  Mr. Ellison was a follower of Christ and served as a deacon at several churches including Earle Street Baptist in Greenville and Bellview Baptist in Laurens.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens and attended the Bobby Smith’s Sunday School Class there.


He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret Robinson Ellison; his sister-in-law, Bonnie P. Ellison of Rainsville, AL; his sons, William J. Ellison (Lisa) of Greer, SC, and David M. Ellison (Marijon) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; and seven grandchildren, Mary Ruth, Daniel, Ryan, Sarah Grace, Ian, Samuel, and Aubrey. He was predeceased by his parents and by his brother, James L. Ellison.    


Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service.


Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360 or to Laurens Baptist Crisis Center, 60 Ranch Road, Laurens, SC 29360.


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.






To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Bill Ellison, please visit our flower store.


I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and father to his sons. Always remember the good memories of him. Keeping you in my prayers. -Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Ellison

Mike Johnson Apr 5 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear Mr Bill passed away. What a kind and gentle man he was. He will surely be missed by many. I often called for his help on manufacturing problems. My condolences to the family.

Dan Deason Apr 5 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bill Ellison

Sandra Laws Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Miriam and Lisa Corley

Lisa Corley Apr 4 2021 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Ethel and John Weathers Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM

Margaret and family, I had known Bill almost all my life! He drove the school bus that I rode @ some point in my childhood! He was a kind and gentle person! I missed seeing him when ya'll left the Bellview Community to go to Martha Franks! My prayers are with you family! Love, Sandra Walker

Sandra walker Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM