Ellis McCartney, Jr. (“Johnny”) of Athens, Alabama passed away peacefully with
his devoted wife, Ruby, by his side on January 24, 2022. Johnny’s life of
service began on November 18, 1937, when he was born the only child to John Ellis
and Cleon Griffin McCartney. He dedicated his formative years to his parents,
developing fond memories and lifelong relationships at their McCartney Family
Restaurant. Johnny proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam
War. After returning home from war, he continued to serve others through his
work with McCartney’s Meat Market, KinderCare, and First Baptist Church, among
others, and volunteerism with the Athens High School Booster Club and American
Legion Post 49.
Johnny’s life of service has ended, his legacy of service continues through his
family whom he cherished and loved with all his heart. In every action, Ruby
has embodied the vows she and Johnny took forty years ago, caring for Johnny until
his last breath, just as he cared for others. His daughter, Rebecca Kathleen Montgomery,
who carries on Johnny’s gift of storytelling, serves and comforts those most
vulnerable as a labor and delivery nurse. His oldest son, William Ellis
McCartney, who inherited his father’s intensity, defends those in need as an
attorney. His youngest son, John Andrew McCartney, who matches Johnny’s
kindness, secures employment for those seeking and mentors children as a
volunteer soccer coach. His teenage grandchildren, Ace and Griffin, though just
starting their journeys, already display Johnny’s selflessness in their
relationships with their friends and family.
adequately describe the pride Johnny felt for those he leaves behind.
loved the Crimson Tide, a bourbon and Coke, and a good cigar. He loved them
more when sharing with family and friends. What we would do to share them with
him just one more time.
was predeceased by his father, John Ellis, his mother, Cleon, and his daughter,
Layne Coyne (Tim).
visitation will be held at Spry Funeral Home in Athens, Alabama on Friday,
January 28, 2022 from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday,
January 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at First Baptist Church in Athens,
Alabama with internment at Limestone Memorial Garden.
family would like to thank the nurses and staff in the G-Wing of Floyd E. “Tut”
Fann State Veterans Home for the care and kindness provided to Johnny during
his time there, with special thanks to Ms. Kim Drake, Ms. Yvette Veal, and Ms. Marquita
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Ruby, My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort. Sincerely, Kathy