INDIANAPOLIS/HELPER - Former resident of Helper, Elbert Ellington, age 71, died on Dec. 19, 2013 at his daughter's home in Indianapolis, Ind.
He was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Florzell and Essie Bee Gore Ellington.
Elbert moved to Carbon County as a child with his family, settling in Helper. He attended Helper schools and was a graduate of Carbon High School. He was a member of one of the original WBBA Little League All-Star baseball teams representing Helper. At Carbon High he participated in basketball and baseball. He worked for Wonder Bread Bakery in Salt Lake City for over 40 years. After retiring he relocated to Indianapolis to be near his children.
Elbert married Lupe Alvarez, they later divorced.
Survived by his five children Sherry Ellington, Paula Pryor, Elbert Ellington, Jr., Cedric Ellington and Tony Perkins Ellington; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters Ella Mae Phillips, Louise Hunter, Betty Jean Watts, Shirley Moore and Leatrice Adeleye; brothers, Johnny, Heza Lee, Willie, Rufus, Nate and Tony,
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Frank Jr.; sisters Louise, Betty Jean and Florida Mae.
A memorial service will be held at his daughter's home and his ashes will be returned to Helper this coming September to be buried next to his father and mother. Friends are welcome to share memories of Elbert online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.