|Birth: ||Sep. 25, 1871|
Gold Hill (Lee County)
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1958|
Married: Sue ROBERTSON 23 Jan 1904 in Lee Co, AL
Parents: George Washington ELLINGTON and Mary Frances BURDEN
"Opelika Daily News" – Opelika, Lee, AL
Monday, Nov. 3, 1958, Front Page
"C. S. Ellington Leading Citizen Is Buried Today
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. today from the residence at 108 North 9th Street for C. S. Ellington, prominent citizen for 40 years who died Saturday at the Lee County Hospital.
Mr. Ellington, 87, was a leading insurance representative in this area for years until his retirement, a former city commissioner, member of the Knights of Pythian, civic and social leader of the community.
Deceased moved to Opelika from Gold Hill 40 years ago. He was a member of the First Baptist church here.
Survivors include the widow, former Miss Sue Robertson; one daughter, Mrs. Fob James of Lanett; two sisters, Mrs. Eugene Thompson of Cataula, Ga., and Mrs. Dan Robertson of Gold Hill; two brothers, G. B. Ellington of Houston, Texas, and R. A. Ellington of Montgomery.
Rev. W. F. Wagner and Rev. Earl DuBois officiated and interment was in Rosemere Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were B. H. Andrews, Jr., Corwell McCurdy, Montgomery Allen, Fred Manley, Jr., George Thompson and Dan Robertson.
Frederick's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements."
"Opelika Daily News", Tues. Nov. 4, 1958, Page 2
"Uncle Cal" Ellington
A rather remarkable figure left our midst when Cal S. Ellington passed away Lee County never claimed a better 'local politician,' nor a better salesman.
When in 1914, Cal Ellington opposed the late John L. Moon in a memorable race for sheriff, the result (only a few votes difference) marked a man who was to play an important role in local politics for the next forty years, "Uncle Cal" placed second in a hot race for Probate Judge 22 years later, getting in the run-off with the late John Thomas Frazer. He made a very credible showing.
Later, Mr. Ellington was elected as a member of the city's first group of City Commissioners when the voters changed the system from the Mayor and Aldermatic form. He was twice reelected.
An odd characteristic about "Uncle Cal" Ellington was the fact that he actually worked harder for other candidates who attracted his support than he worked in his own behalf when a candidate himself. In this way, he was the type that a successful politician would call on him, and his support was eagerly sought.
Entering the insurance business late in life - in his sixties - Cal Ellington was a success from the start. He probably sold more life insurance during the last quarter of a century than any other individual in this section.
And another remarkable characteristic: On his eighty-seventh birthday, "Uncle Cal" weighed more than 300 pounds, yet he was selling insurance until a few days before his death. Besides demonstrating his enthusiasm as a salesman, he confounded accepted medical theories about overweight and longevity.
The above jottings constitute a sincere tribute from an old friend, one who muchly admired "Uncle Cal" Ellington's political fervor and often enjoyed his keen sense of humor."
(No author's name given.)
George W Ellington (1844 - 1919)
Mary Frances Burden Ellington (1845 - 1932)
Sue Reese Robertson Ellington (1872 - 1959)*
George McCurdy Ellington*
Created by: Dianne
Record added: Jun 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53591364
Added: Jul. 24, 2013
Honoring you today, Cal. I hear you were quite the character! Grandfather of Fob James, Jr., Governor of Alabama.|
Added: May. 8, 2012