With the loss of John Ellzey we’re left with so many questions.
Who do we turn to for questions about local history or genealogy?
There has never been anyone more knowledgeable, accessible and eager to help than John Ellzey.
Who’s going to take care of all those photos, historical documents and letters?
John had incredible files on local history and an amazing ability to quickly put his hands on anything you needed.
Who’s going to feed all those cats?
John was like a one-man rescue league for stray cats in Yazoo.
Who will fill his seat at community events?
If there was a positive community event taking place in Yazoo City, you could count on John to be there. He would usually be accompanied by friends who shared his positive outlook on our community. John’s passion may have been history, but he was also fully engaged in helping build a better future for our community.
Who are we going to celebrate the treasures we find at local estate sales with?
John was at every estate sale helping out, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he was usually knowledgeable about antiques.
Who’s going to be the first person to get a newspaper out of the rack?
John was always the first person to get a paper out of the first rack The Yazoo Herald goes in. It was like he had a psychic ability to determine when they were back from the press.
We don’t know the answer to any of those questions, but we do know one thing for sure. No one is ever going to fill the shoes of John Ellzey.
He was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Yazoo who ever lived. He was a student of local history who was always eager to share his knowledge and help other Yazooans explore their own family history.
We cannot count the times he helped us with research for historical news stories.
We deeply regret that we never asked him so many more questions because we didn’t want to be greedy with his time, and of course we thought there would always be plenty of time to ask those questions.
Now John takes his place in the Yazoo history he loved so much. We promise to do our part to help preserve that history.
We’re going to miss you dearly John Ellzey.
Yazoo will never be the same.