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In Memory of

Solon James Ellmaker

July 18, 1926 - August 8, 2017

Obituary


Solon James Ellmaker died Tuesday morning, August 8, happy to join his wife, Popsy (Carolyn Nord Ellmaker), who had preceded him 14 years earlier after 43 years of marriage. He was a healthy and joyful 91. Born July 18, 1926, in Lakeland, Florida, to Leonard Ellmaker and Maude Miller Ellmaker, Solon graduated from Lakeland High School and the University of Florida, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict, leaving Naval service as a Lieutenant JG in 1954. He was recruited out of college...

Solon James Ellmaker died Tuesday morning, August 8, happy to join his wife, Popsy (Carolyn Nord Ellmaker), who had preceded him 14 years earlier after 43 years of marriage. He was a healthy and joyful 91. Born July 18, 1926, in Lakeland, Florida, to Leonard Ellmaker and Maude Miller Ellmaker, Solon graduated from Lakeland High School and the University of Florida, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict, leaving Naval service as a Lieutenant JG in 1954. He was recruited out of college by Barnett Bank and moved to Jacksonville in 1950, where he rose to vice president. In 1967 his family moved to Orange Park, where he joined a cadre of developers who transformed northern Clay County into a vibrant suburb. He served on the town zoning board, was a member of Club Continental for almost 50 years, and was a steadfast member of Rotary International, never missing a meeting for years, even when travelling overseas. He also served as president and longtime board member of the Florida Lung Association.
A skilled musician from his youth, Solon loved to sing in the choir at Grace Episcopal Church, where he was also a longtime member of the vestry. He later joined Grace Anglican Church, where he was blessed to contribute to the youth program. He is survived by his loving children, Carol Ellmaker (Paul Armstrong, Jr.), Katherine Ellmaker (Charles Lipscomb), Charles Ellmaker, and Sandra Ellmaker Dinkins, and by his brother-in-law Robert Nord. He is also survived by four vibrant grandchildren, Tara Hendry Cole (Curtis), Scott Hendry (Jennifer), Lillian Dinkins, and Caroline Dinkins, as well as five beautiful great-grandchildren, Brianna, Jake, and Laurynn Cole, and Taylor and Cameron Hendry. The family wish to thank Betty Barlow and all of the caregivers who helped keep Solon in the home he loved up until the end of his life. Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS HOLLY HILL FUNERAL HOME, 3601 Old Jennings Rd. Middleburg, FL. The service will be held at Grace Anglican Church, 5804 US17 on Fleming Island, on Friday, August 18, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow at his home. The family will hold a private graveside service. Please leave words of comfort at www.hollyhillfunerals.com.