BOARDMAN — George Ellis Mellott, known to most as “Ellis,” passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022.
Ellis was born in Warren, on Jan. 11, 1930, the son of Russell Ray and Elizabeth List Mellott.
He was a 1948 graduate of Bristol High School, where he played basketball and was a trumpet player in the band. After graduation, Ellis enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving proudly and honorably from 1948 to 1950. He attended The College of Wooster and Youngstown State University. While working at Lordstown Ordinance Depot, he met Sarah “Sally” Stanley. On July 25, 1953, they were married at St. Brendan Church in Youngstown. They shared 58 years together before Sally’s death Jan. 16, 2011.
Ellis and Sally chose Cortland for their home and business. Together in the early 1950s, they started Mellott Construction, building over 500 homes and condominiums in the Cortland / Trumbull County area. Mellott Construction developed many communities in Cortland, including Towerview Estates, large portions of Heritage Heights, the initial phase of Timber Creek, Elmview Professional Park, Gemwood Knolls, the original 9-hole Walnut Run Golf Course, Walnut Run Tournament Trail and Walnut Run Golf Drive. Ellis was also involved in the initial planning of Lake Vista of Cortland before retiring in 2001.
Ellis loved to fish, golf, attend sporting events and travel. He shared them all with his family, providing unforgettable, wonderful memories. Ellis was a member of St. Robert Church in Cortland and was an example to all with his faith, hard work and generosity.
Ellis will be missed and always remembered by his five children, Colleen Cross, Michael (Jean) Mellott, Michele (Les) Stewart, Lynn Johnson and Denise (Ted) McDivitt, all of Cortland; 11 grandchildren, Melanie (Kent) Kiffner, Jennifer (Jeremy) Ranalli, Bradley, Lindsey and Alex Mellott, Taylor (Alexandra) and Logan Johnson, Matthew, Zachary and Jacob McDivitt, and Caitlin (Bryk) Hardesty; and five great-grandchildren, Carson Ellis and Quinn Kiffner and Rylan Sarah, Luca and Brecken Ranalli.
Besides his wife, Ellis was preceded in death by his brother, Russell, and his sister, Katherine.
Private services have been held with interment at Sager Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Robert Church, 4659 state Route 46, Cortland, OH 44410.
Arrangements were entrusted to Carl W. Hall Funeral Services.