Claude J. Ellard

Born: Sun., Apr. 24, 1927
Died: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Location: A.E. Carter Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Location: A.E. Carter Funeral Home Chapel

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Claude Ellard Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on February 16, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Maggie Fitzgerald Ellard, along with siblings George, Cleo, Jim, Leona and Thomas. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 20, at A. E. Carter Funeral Home in Madison from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel. An additional viewing will be held at Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa at 2:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Stephens Memorial Gardens. Floral donations will be accepted at A. E. Carter Funeral Home, or general donations can be made to Kindred Hospice of Athens, Georgia, which lovingly provided his care in his final hours.

Born in Toccoa, Georgia on April 24, 1927, he worked hard all his life. As a teenager, he poured sidewalks for Camp Toccoa. Later, he worked for the LP Gas Company and Pittman Construction, where his boss called him “the hardest-working man I’ve ever seen” – a title that carried through into his retirement.

After retirement, he enjoyed spending his time on ClaudesDale Farm in Rutledge, Georgia. His one-acre vegetable garden included okra, potatoes, peanuts, tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans and, in the winter, nine different types of greens. He was a master at raising cows and canning vegetables to share with others. He loved the outdoors and spent many of his days fishing and camping with his family and friends.

Claude’s cooking skills were renowned far and wide. Anyone who ever tasted one of his biscuits knew what it was to experience perfection. His macaroni and cheese, made with over two pounds of cheddar, was legendary.

Papa – as he was known to his grandchildren – had a zest for the simple things in life and loved watching birds come down to his feeder from his favorite chair. He enjoyed all sports (except golf) and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan who never missed a game and had nicknames for almost every player.

With weathered, workworn hands that were as adept at cradling a baby as they were at plowing a field, Claude was a kind, beautiful soul with a contagious laugh and a twinkle in his eye. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

A WWII Army veteran and of the Baptist faith, Claude is survived by his wife, Janet Dale, and brother, John; seven children: Margaret, Claudine, Jan Lanchester (Alan), Kay Guest (Richard), Dale Ellard (Ellen), Jeffrey Scott Ellard and Pam Karzen (Matt); seven grandchildren: Kyle, Katy, Amy, Christopher, Faith, Sam and Ian; two great-grandchildren: Maddox and Corbitt; and a loving extended family.

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Ken Bohannon
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Claude was the best neighbor I ever had. I always enjoyed talking with him at the fence. He had a great sense of humor. Once when he was dove hunting, his cows had him surrounded and were eating his blind with him in it. He was fussing at his cows and laughing and shooting at birds. Great memory. Keencheefoonee Rd won't be the same without him.

Kay Guest
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Daddy/ Papa will be greatly missed. It is with grateful and loving hearts as we think upon his time with us. Claude Ellard, Jr. He was known as Junior or Claude. Whatever you called him, anyone who knew him could call upon him for help and he would give it. (By the way, Daddy became a great bird watcher in his later years! He loved his red birds, the doves with the" ring around the collar" and the "blue bird with the brown wing"-perfectly described!)
I could write for hours about Daddy and my memories of him! As a labor of love, I have written a blog at
There is a search engine at the side...type in "Daddy" and you will see many stories and photos of him. I hope my love for him came through in my writing. He will greatly missed.

Michael & Deborah Reagin
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss but the memories live on forever
Sincerely our thoughts are with you and your family

   Posted Mon February 25, 2019
Dear Kay,
Thank you for letting me know about the possibility to leave a note here.

Although I have never met your Daddy (nor you, for that matter), through your blog posts about him I felt I knew him, just like I feel I know you, and we have become friends across the miles through our blogging.

Your Daddy was such a great guy! If I didn't have the - for me - best Dad in the world myself, I would have wanted yours. And the sight of sunflowers in a field will forever in my mind be associated with you and your Daddy.

This time in your and your siblings and families' lives is not easy, that's for sure. But your Daddy would have found something humorous to say, wouldn't he, and he'd want you to gon on with a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye and a song on your lips.

Your friend from Germany

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