Troy Justice Ellis "T-Man"
Birth: August 27, 2008
Death: May 1, 2020
Troy was born on 08/27/2008. Troy passed away on 05/01/2020.
Troy is survived by his parents, Obed & Jennifer Ellis; Brothers, Winston Hunt & Searcy Ellis; Sister, Harper Lea Ellis;
Grandparents, Gwen "Mo" Ellis, Gerald & Joy Bittle, Ellis & Ellen Jones, Jr.;Aunt, Honeybrooke Adams; Aunt & Uncle, Patrick & Amanda J. Thornton; Uncle, Kyle Searcy Washam ;Cousins, Tanner Thornton & Cate Thornton; Great Grand Parent, Jean Jones; Great Aunt, Charlotte Washam; Special Friends: "Unc" Trent Williams, Jennifer Jackson, David & Julia Killough, Tony & Tina Blankenship, Curtis & Tonya Forbus, Matthew & April Payne, Danny & Faye Percival, Danielle Percival, Melissa McCutcheon.
Troy was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Garie Ellis and Great Grandparents, Ellis Jones, Sr., Robert F. Searcy & Dean E. Searcy.
With a smile that would light up a room, Troy was the big brother who loved hunting, fishing, playing baseball, & football. Troy loved enjoying all of God's great outdoors. Troy's favorite life verse from the Bible was Jeremiah 16:16 which states: " But now I will send for many fishermen, " declares the Lord, " and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the holes of the rocks."
Obed & Jenn met at Troy University and based on their wonderful experience there , Troy was given his name.
Graveside services are Wednesday May 6, 2020 @ 1 PM at the Wetumpka City Cemetery. Pallbearers are: David Miller, David Malone, Robby Dodson, Jeff Lowery, Adam Hay, Caleb Perry. Honorary Pallbearers are All Past Coaches.
We know that Troy is resting in Jesus's arms and is restlessly waiting for us to join him. So until then.... it's not goodbye, T- Man.. It's See Ya' Later!!
Carol Robinson - Updated May 06, 2020; Posted May 05, 2020
Veteran charged in hunting accident that killed 11-year-old Alabama boy
A veteran has been charged in connection to a deadly hunting accident that killed an 11-year-old boy.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced a reckless manslaughter warrant against Joshua Stewart Burks, 35. He is charged in Friday’s death of Troy Ellis of Trussville. The boy’s father, Obed Ellis, is a football coach at Mortimer Jordan High School and was also injured in the shooting.
Father, son, Burks and another man began turkey hunting at daylight Friday on Ellis’ hunting land off Cedar Mountain Road in North Clay. The hunt was organized by a group that sponsors hunts for wounded veterans and Ellis was acting as a guide.
Burks, an amputee, is U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a middle school teacher in Mobile County. He surrendered to the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday on $15,000 bond.
The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. Troy was brought down from the mountain and those with him sought help. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
"Mr. Burks in no manner intended for this horrible accident to occur and feels extreme sorry and hurt for the Ellis family,’’ said his attorney, Jonathan C. McCardle. “While I feel criminal charges should not have been brought forth here, we look forward to working with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in bringing a resolution for all involved in this horrible accident."
Troy attended Cahaba Elementary School. "We were devastated to hear about the hunting accident and the loss of our precious 5th grade student. Any loss of life is tragic, especially during these times of isolation when we can’t grieve together,'' said Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill. “The Ellis family and the Cahaba family are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are reaching out to help in any way we can.”
A GoFundMe to help the family has already raised more than $44,000. A vigil held Sunday night outside the family’s Trussville home drew hundreds.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 6th 2020 at 1 p.m. in Wetumpka.
Kim Allen - Aug 06, 2015
Emanuel Bryant Guilty Of Manslaughter In Dawsey Shooting Death
A Houston County jury deliberated more than four hours before finding Emanuel Bryant guilty on manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Daniel Dawsey in May of 2014. Bryant faced a murder charge, but the jury found him guilty on the lesser included charge of manslaughter.
The defense called into question the credibility of prosecution witnesses during the trial. A sentencing date is set for August 26th, where Bryant could be sentenced to life in prison.
Sally Pitts | May 5, 2020 at 5:05 PM CDT - Updated May 6 at 5:18 AM
‘Such a loss’: Wetumpka grieves death of 11-year-old killed in Jefferson County hunting accident
WETUMPKA, Ala. (WSFA) - The Wetumpka community is grieving after the loss of a Wetumpka native’s son.
“It is just a sad, sad time to lose someone this young,” said Mayor Jerry Willis
Willis was devastated when he learned 11-year-old Troy Ellis had died. Troy’s father, Obed, is from Wetumpka. He played football at Troy, then he came back and coached at Wetumpka and Prattville before moving to the Birmingham area.
Troy Ellis was hunting with his father and another pair of hunters on May 1 when he was shot. An arrest warrant for reckless murder has been issued for 35-year-old Joshua Stewart Burks of Mobile in the case.
“Such a loss to his family," Willis said. "Such a loss to friends, and to our city because Troy’s dad, Obed, grew up here and was so much a part of this city.”
Willis said this is not the first time the Ellis family has faced tragedy. Obed’s father was killed in a car crash when he was a child. As they did then, Willis says the city of Wetumpka will rally around the Ellis family.
“I know that they are believers; I know that they trust in God," he said. "So, we are going to continue to support them and ask everyone else if they will pray for this family, and pray often for this family.”
Troy Ellis will be laid to rest in Wetumpka next to his grandfather. Willis says people plan to line the road from the country club to the cemetery to show their support for the Ellis family.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the Ellis family. You can find the link to that here.