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John  Frank Ellenberg, MD
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John Frank Ellenberg Jr., M.D., 70, of St. Simons Island, Ga., passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Greenville, S.C., after a brief battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; five children, Jack (Dixie), Coleman (Michael), Matt (Ellen), Wells and William; five grandchildren, Briar, Britton, Natalie, Banks and Caroline; sister, Jane; nephews, Walt and Jack; and niece, Lura. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Patrick and Michael.

Ellenberg was born in Greenwood, S.C., on Sept. 16, 1947, to the late John Frank Ellenberg Sr. and Lura Norman Ellenberg. He graduated from Greenwood High School, where he attended American Legion Palmetto Boys State and served as president of the South Carolina Student Legislature.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University, where he was a member of the cheerleading team, Delta Kappa Alpha fraternity, Tiger Brotherhood and the Army R.O.T.C. “Fightin’ Tiger” Battalion. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Ellenberg served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam Era, attaining the rank of major. He completed his diversified internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology (OB-GYN) at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he served as chief resident. He later served as chief of the department of OB-GYN at Fort Stewart, Ga.

After concluding his military service, he practiced in Greenville, S.C., for seven years. He then relocated to St. Simons and practiced for 28 years at the Brunswick campus of Southeast Georgia Health System. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was subsequently elected Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He maintained medical licenses in both Georgia and South Carolina, and at last count, had delivered more than 7,000 lives into this world during his 35-year career.

In addition to his professional practice, Ellenberg served in multiple positions on the medical executive committee of Southeast Georgia Health System, including chief of staff, vice chief of staff, secretary and treasurer. He also served four terms as chief of the department of OB-GYN.

An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba diving and storytelling. He was loved by his family, friends, patients and colleagues, and will always be remembered for his courtesy, professionalism and focus on family. Despite life’s challenges, he never lost his smile or sense of humor, and set a fine example to which we can all aspire.

Following a private committal service, the family will receive visitors from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the Inn on the Square, Greenwood, S.C.

A memorial service celebrating Ellenberg’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at St. Simons Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Brearley officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the church’s fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the St. Simons Land Trust (P.O. Box 24615, St. Simons Island, Ga. 31522) or to the charity of your choice.

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Inn on the Square

104 Court Avenue East
Greenwood, SC 29646





3:00 PM
St. Simons Presbyterian Church

205 Kings Way
St. Simons Island, , GA 31522


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