Gilbert Burke Ellerbe, Jr.
May 15,1922 - March 27, 2014
Conway, South Carolina
Home Going Service for Mr. Gilbert Burke Ellerbe, Jr. age 91 will be held 12:00 PM Wednesday at Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church-504 Church Street- Conway, SC 29526. Interment with military honors in the Hillcrest Cemetery-1000 Highway 544. Visitation will be held 5-7p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Ellerbe the son of the Rev. Gilbert Burke Ellerbe, Sr. and Mrs. Lillie Willis Ellerbe was born in Barnesville, North Carolina but grew up in Dillon County, S.C.
Mr. Ellerbe was a retired Educator, business man, WWII veteran, Scout Master, faithful Christian and missionary. He served for 32 years as an Educator at various levels, including higher education at schools throughout Dillon and Horry Counties, completing his career as Assistant Principal at Conway High School. During this time he also served as Director of Horry County Adult Education for 20 years and was also employed by the City of Conway for 25 years as Director of Smith-Jones Recreation Center. He maintained the Ellerbe Family Farm in Dillon County after his father's passing in 1972. He was a World War II veteran proudly serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 through 1946 and the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1946 through 1949. He was a member of American Legion 111. Mr. Ellerbe served as a Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America, Pee Dee Area Council for over 25 years and was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. A member of the Cherry Hill Baptist Church, Mr. Ellerbe served in several leadership roles, including membership in the Baptist Brotherhood serving the region via the Kingston Lake Missionary Association, the state via the Baptist Brotherhood Educational and Missionary Convention. He proudly represented South Carolina as a Baptist Missionary to Kenya, East Africa on four pilgrimages in the 1990's.
Mr. Ellerbe received a B.A. Degree in 1949 from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina; a Master Degree in 1956 from North Carolina A&T; and completed post grad studies at many institutions including University of Florida and University of South Carolina. He was a charter member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Benedict College in 1948 and also a charter member of Conway-Myrtle Beach Alumni Chapter 1972.
He was married to his beloved wife Inez Bethea Ellerbe for 65 years and their union produced five children, Lydia Willingham (Elliott), Gilbert Ellerbe, III (Karen), Lynda Wright (deceased), Sylvia Hickman (Marvin) and Vanessa Wyche (George), seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. McKiever Funeral Home of Conway in charge.
McKiever Funeral Home, Inc.
1408 Racepath Avenue Conway, SC 29526
Published in The Sun News from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2014