Mr. Milton "Sonny" Ellington, Jr., age 62, of 15 Peachbelt Road, Thomaston, died Thursday morning, October 16th, 2008 at Upson Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 19th, 2008, at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church of Thomaston with Rev. Bill Barber and Dr. Al Simmons officiating.  Burial followed in South View Cemetery.

Mr. Ellington was a life-long resident of Thomaston.  He was the owner and operator of Ellington Exxon Service Center from 1980 until 2007.  Mr. Ellington was a member of the Georgia Walking Horse Association.  He also served as an interim Upson County Commissioner in 2003. Mr. Ellington was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnny A. Ellington and his brother, Mike Ellington.

Survivors include three daughters, Susie Ellington of Valdosta, and Sarah (Robby) Armstrong and Alicia Etters and her fiance, Chad Maddox, all of Thomaston; three sons, Marc (Amy) Ellington and Jeff (Brandy) Ellington of Thomaston and Cliff Etters of Chicago, IL; a sister, Susan (Wayne) Ellington Thompson of Melbourne, FL; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the TV Ministry of the First Baptist Church, 208 South Church St., Thomaston, GA 30286, or the American Diabetes Association, 5105 Paulsen Street, Suite C236, Savannah, GA 31405.

The family can be contacted at Mr. Ellington's residence and  received friends at Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home Saturday, October 18th, 2008, from 6 until 8 pm.

Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.