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Senior of the Week: Ellis Yarbrough


  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Dec. 30, 2018 - 12:20 AM

Senior of the Week: Ellis Yarbrough

Courtesy of Tiffany Smith

Jane and Ellis Yarbrough

This week I would like to nominate Ellis Yarbrough as Senior of the Week. Ellis is my grandfather. He has been such an amazing role model. He and my grandmother, Jane, have been married for 60 years. That is an amazing accomplishment this day and time! Together they ran a daycare and have fostered several children. They also raised three of their own and have several grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren. He was born and raised in small town Newnan, in the welcome area. His father passed was he was young and he tells of how different their lives were as children than those of children today.  As a young man, he was in the Air Force then worked for many years and retired from Owens Corning as a mechanic. He has served at Crossroads Church in Newnan since it began almost 30 years ago. He has helped in many ways as an usher, a traffic director, and a carpenter when needed. Carpentry is not his only hobby, he has always had a love for sports. Every time we visit, there will be some sort of sports game on the TV. He was an avid member of several traveling slow pitch softball teams after retirement and later played senior basketball. Pops has a way with vegetables. Some of my best summer memories growing up were made snapping beans fresh out of his garden or trying to help sale corn fresh from his garden. We recently we found out some devastating news that will slow down even the strongest of men. He has been diagnosed with cancer. Although he has decided to face this challenge head on, please pray that the Lord will allow pops to continue to touch lives in such a positive way and give home strength to endure the journey ahead.

Submitted by Tiffany Smith