Alston Ramsay Ellis
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Alston Ramsay Ellis, 80, of Clearwater, formerly of Salisbury, N.C., died April 12, 2007, in Clearwater.
Mr. Ellis was the son of the late George F. Ellis and Lena Thompson Ramsay of Salisbury. He graduated from Boyden High School in 1943 and attended The Citadel in Charles, S.C., before enlisting in the Navy in 1944. In 1945, Mr. Ellis entered The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and following graduation in June 1949, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
After completing flight training at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, he served in a number of flight operations positions and in 1955 completed a course in Aircraft Preliminary Design at The Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Paterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1968, during the Vietnam War, he completed a combat tour in Southeast Asia, flying C-130 aircraft. In 1977, he retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel at Wright Paterson Air Force Base, Ohio, then moved with his wife to Clearwater.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Thompson of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years, the former Evelyn Marie Adkins of Morehead, Ky.; sons Alston Ramsay Ellis Jr. and Archer Atlee Ellis and grandson Jonathan Thompson Ellis, all of Dallas, Texas; brother Rear Admiral George F. Ellis (Ret), currently residing in Annapolis, Md.
Service: Following a committal service on May 2, 2007, at 11 a.m. Mr. Ellis will be inurned at the Unites States Naval Academy Columbarium at Annapolis, Md.
Curlew Hills Funeral Home in Palm Harbor, Fla., assisted the family.