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Levy County Deputy Atticus Haygood Ellzey is the only county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty and the Levy County Commission made the first move on Tuesday to honor his sacrifice by renaming a highway.
The United States Officer Down Memorial states: "Deputy Ellzey was shot and killed after being lured into some bushes by a man who wanted to show him something. When he entered the bushes he was shot by the man's accomplice. Both men were convicted of the murder and hanged."
Ellzey's great granddaughter Brooke Ellzey Willis asked the state Legislature to name the portion of U.S. Highway 19/98 that runs between North Otter Creek Avenue to its intersection with Southeast 1st Street in Otter Creek in his honor. Also attending were Jimmy Ellzey, the deputy's grandson, and Jimmy's wife, Mary, who is also Chiefland city manager.
Ellzey was born April 16, 1881, the son of Mary Averilla White and Robert Martin Ellzey. He had two brothers and a sister. He worked in the turpentine industry and law enforcement. At the time of his death, he was married to Izesta, and they had 5 sons and two daughters.
In 1953, state Sen. W. Randolph Hodges (D-District 21) of Cedar Key sponsored a bill to provide relief for Izetta Ellzey of Levy County for the death of her husband, Atticus Haygood Ellzey. It was passed out of the Legislature in June.
The County Commission's Resolution 2014-38 will be sent to state Rep. Charlie Stone (R-District 22) and state Sen. Charlie Dean (R-District 5). They are expected to introduce legislation to rename the road in the 2015 legislative session.