A memorial service for Courtney is planned for June 12, 2021 at Decatur First United Methodist Church. Service time and additional information to be announced.
Courtney was a storyteller. If you have any stories to share through photos, videos or writings, please feel free to do so below.
Please also consider a donation in Courtney’s name to one of his favorite charities: DeKalb School of the Arts, Boy Scouts of America, and Decatur First United Methodist Church. Copy & paste the links provided below to make a donation.
DeKalb School of the Arts
Boy Scouts of America
Decatur First UMC
Beloved father, brother and husband, Courtney O. Ellis passed away at Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday, August 11th. He passed peacefully, accompanied by his wife, Amina, and is succeeded by his three children, Nathaniel, Colin, and Sabra Ellis, and his brothers and sisters-in-law: Casey and Donna Ellis, William and Betsy Ellis, and Anita and Reena Bhatia.
Courtney was born in Washington, D.C. on November 9th, 1961 to John and Amanda Ellis and grew up in Arlington, Virginia where he attended Yorktown High School. He was the 3rd of 4 brothers, Casey, William, and Fred. He graduated from Beloit College with a Bachelors of Arts. After college, he moved to Seattle and worked with his lifelong friend and mentor, Virgil Counter, at Counter Research Corporation, where he became company president.
Our father lived in many places throughout his life always making sure his children knew the beauty of the world, its people, and of life itself. From working in Seattle, to following our mother to New Mexico, Australia, and Kansas City, to settling down in the home he built near Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, he found the best in every place and lived life to the fullest.
He was an Eagle Scout, philanthropist, and active member of the Decatur First United Methodist Church. Prior to his illness, he was an active outdoorsman, skier, mountain biker, sailor, lacrosse player, and runner. He enjoyed travels around the world to such places as Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Australia, Peru, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, and Italy.
Our father always loved the people around him and made innumerable connections with family, friends, neighbors, and his community. Even in failing health, he always noticed when someone needed help and gave them all he could offer.
Our father joins his mother, father, and brother, Fred, in heaven.
~Nathaniel, Colin, and Sabra Ellis