Jerry R. Ellerson was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from North High School. In 1971 he left the University of Akron and joined the United States Army. He took his basic training at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington, and advanced infantry training at Fort Ord, California. The original order he received in December of 1971 was to deploy to Vietnam; however, President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam, so he was placed under new orders. He was then sent to Stuttgart, Germany, where he spent 13 months before being honorably discharged.
Bro Ellerson returned to Akron and re-enrolled at Akron University, where he me this beloved wife, Karen. Jerry and Karen were united in marriage on August 11, 1979. They currently reside in Copley, Ohio, and are proud members of Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Akron. They have two adult sons, Jared and JaVaughn. Jared, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, resides in Minneapolis, MN, with his wife Megan and their three children, Jaryn, Julian, and Jayden. JaVaughn is a graduate of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his daughter, Jazarah.
Bro Ellerson retired in 2011 from DuPont Performance Elastomers, where he was employed for 35 years. For the last 14 years, he served as Operations Supervisor overseeing an operational budget of 6 million dollars. Community activities included coaching Akron Area Youth sports. He coached football, basketball, and baseball for North Akron and Kenmore Community teams from 1974-1996. He is most proud of his work with these young athletes and the opportunity to coach both of his sons. MWGM Ellerson served on the Board of the Suitable Men, a social organization whose purpose was to improve the quality of life for poor, disadvantaged youth and citizens of the community, especially those in/or from North Akron. He served as President of the Suitable Men in 2006 and 2011. Scholarships were awarded to deserving graduates, and we provided opportunities to celebrate and recognized North Akron’s influences in our community .
Bro Ellerson was initiated an Entered Apprentice 2/21/1982; passed to the degree of Fellow Craft 6/20/82; and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on
11/28/82 in Mt. CalvaryLodge #76, Akron, Ohio. He served Mt. Calvary Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1990. He has served as Treasurer for more than 27 years. After joining Mary Chapter #47 in 1989, he served as Worthy Patron of Mary Chapter in 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, and 2011. He is a member of Zerubbabel Chapter #40, RAM; Golgotha Commandery #36; Enoch Council #20;Bezaleel Consistory #15; Al Kaf Temple #109. He is also elevated to Grand Inspector General of the Ohio Council of Deliberation, 33rdDegree Masons, (Joseph Fulton Class), 1999. MWGM Ellerson has served this Grand Lodge in several capacities over the last 18 years since receiving his initial appointment as Administrative Officer of the 5th Masonic District under MWPGM Gregory S. Snead in 2003; Deputy Grand Lecturer, District #5 under MWPGM Rev. Dr. James H. Willis, Sr.,2006; Grand Lecturer under MWPGM Johnny O. Pitts in 2012. I was elected and served as Grand Trustee at Large under MWPGM Darryl R. Smith in 2013; Grand Junior Warden under Carl A. Williams in 2015; Senior Grand Warden under MWPGM Kelvin J. Davis in 2017 and Deputy Grand Master under Chester C.Christie in 2019. Jerry R. Ellerson has the privilege of being duly elected and installed as the 65th Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio on Sunday, August 8, 2021. He is the second Grand Master elected from Mount Calvary Lodge #76 Akron, Ohio. Bro Ellerson is a firm believer in God and family first. His leisure time is spent in service and enjoying and learning the Word in my church, travel with his wife. He loves spending time with his grandchildren, Jaryn, Jazarah, Julian, and Jayden. He also enjoys collecting rare and foreign coins and playing an occasional round of golf.
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