Henry Lee Ellison was born December 10, 1925 to Walter and Beatrice Hill Ellison in Dallas, Texas. His family relocated to Austin when he was six years of age. Henry departed this life peacefully on, Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
Henry was a loving family man, devoted to his lovely wife and his stepsons he proudly raised and to whom he instilled important family values. He absolutely adored his grandchildren and they in-turn LOVED their PawPaw!!! At an early age it gave Henry a source of great pride that he left school to work in order to help his mother and send his younger brother, Robert, to college. He always said, “the fact that he was a good-son”, attributed to his God-given longevity on earth.
Henry was meticulous, conscientious, loyal and highly professional in his work career. Throughout his long and esteemed tenure with the City of Austin Aviation Department, Henry received accolades from numerous dignitaries including; President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Hurbert Humphrey, Senator Ralph Yarbrough, former Mayor of Austin Carole Keeton McClellan and City Council Member Mark Spaeth. Professor Claire E. Wensten Ph.D., described Henry in a letter to the Mayor as “…one of the most outstanding city employees I have ever met and an excellent Goodwill Ambassador for the City of Austin.” He was especially loved by Congresswoman Barbara Jordan whom he personally assisted when she travelled. This sentiment was also evident in a newspaper article of May 8, 1999, in which Henry was given the title of “Mr. Austin Airport”, in this American Statesman article, Mayor Carole Keeton Rylander stated that “Henry” is a symbol that everything is right in the world”. At that time in his own words, Henry stated “My whole life revolves around the Austin Municipal Airport – new faces all the time – people always going somewhere interesting…I’d rather be here than anywhere in the world.”
Henry completed various educational programs to enhance his job performance and to afford him continuous promotions. He began working at the “old” Austin Airport in 1940 as a dishwasher and rose through the ranks as Custodial Foreman, Security Guard, assisted in Baggage Claims thru the City of Austin and with Huntleigh USA Sky Cap Services until retirement. He officially retired as Night Shift Airport Supervisor, in 2015.
Henry was very civic minded and politically active. He spearheaded many efforts to assist the underserved and under privileged in the Austin Community. Many times he provided assistance to others from his own resources.
~~Henry was the last of the 10 descendants of Walter and Beatrice Ellison~~:
Claude “Jim” Ellison Robert Ellison Sr.
Dorothy Ellison Marshall Thelma Ellison Lott
Emmett Ellison Thomas Ellison Sr.
Henry Ellison Walter Ellison Sr
Lloyd Ellison Wesley Ellison Sr.
Henry leaves to mourn his loving wife; Bayless Fowler Ellison, two stepsons, Keneth Fowler (Francesca), and Clinton Fowler; Grandchildren: Andrena, Kendrick, Tristan, Jmarcus, Daeza, Braelon, Rani, Elliott, Chelsea and DeLissa; Mother in-law; Lillian Fowler; Sisters-in-law; Fayless Turner, Ruth Ellison and Jo Ella Ellison; Brothers-in-law; Dowd Fowler III of Houston, Texas; Harrell Fowler, and Layton Fowler (Johnnie) of Austin ; Van Quincy Fowler of Monterey,
California and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends