Colonel (Ret) Robert F (Bob) Ellington, USAF, 85, took his final flight at South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, FL on February 28, 2018 with his family at his side.
Col. Ellington was born in East Ellijay, GA on May 1, 1932. While attending North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA for two years, he was drawn to the Air Force Aviation Cadet program in 1951. He became a pilot qualified in at least five single-to-multiple-engine aircraft.
Col. Ellington was one of ten founding members of the Airlift/Tanker (A/TA) Association. He continued to actively support the organization for over 49 years, including serving as its president from 1969 to 1982 and as chairman from 1983-1985.
Following his extensive and rewarding military career, Col. Ellington continued to share his experience and knowledge through several years of consulting in the aerospace design industry until his permanent retirement in 2000.
Col. Ellington is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patricia; six children: Mike Ellington, Steve Ellington, Ann Pasquino, Lisa Graham, Charlene Yelton, Shannon Gordon; his 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his brother and sister-in-law Edward and Betty Ellington who currently reside in Ellijay, GA.
A Celebration of Life service followed by burial will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church in Ellijay, GA. Graveside interment will follow in the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with military graveside rites performed by the North Georgia Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the A/TA Scholarship Fund in Col. Ellington’s name at https://www.atalink.org.