Mr. Ralph M Ellenburg Sr

February 2, 1922November 29, 2019

Ralph McClellan Ellenburg Sr., 97, of Easley, South Carolina, passed away surrounded by family on November 29, 2019. He was born February 2, 1922 to Ernest McClellan Ellenburg and Lillie Stewart Ellenburg.

Ralph was married to Helen Patterson of Pickens for 70 years.

Ralph was predeceased by brothers Will Earl, Roy, Charles, Jack, Jimmie, Lafoy and Sherwood, and sister Mary Lou; wife, Helen; daughter, Hollace Kay Hamid. Surviving are his children, Ralph McClellan Ellenburg, Jr. of Easley and daughters Heller Gwen Ellenburg of Liberty and Heather Marie McConnell of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and his grandchildren, Tariq Gibran Hamid, Tara (T.K.) Redick, Jennifer Welborn, Tyson McConnell, and Regina Logan. Ralph also leaves behind nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Ralph was a philanthropist and successful entrepreneur having started and operated several businesses in the community. In his early twenties, he owned and operated Easley Ice Cream Parlor, Ellenburg Jewelry, and Ellenburg Amusement Company. He owned and operated Tri-City Lanes Bowling Center, but his crowning achievement was Ellenburg Asphalt Company. His company resurfaced Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ralph developed a method still used today for paving the high banks of a racetrack. Ralph was paving the roadways and building the railroad spur for a manufacturing park development outside Selma, Alabama when Dr. King’s Freedom March passed his jobsite. Preceding the years before retirement, Ralph partnered in real estate development along the South Carolina Coast and started the family rental business in Easley.

Ralph encouraged businesses to locate in Easley and supported new entrepreneurs with his advice and, more often than not, financially as well. He was dedicated to his community. He was a tireless supporter of and advocate for the Rocky Bottom Camp of the Blind, serving as President of their Advisory Board and not only leading their fundraising campaigns for many years but also could be seen working there regularly with his front end loader, back hoe, or fixing an appliance. He co-founded and served on the Board of Trustees of Community Bank, was President of the Easley Jacees, and held numerous other leadership positions in the community. Ralph was a lifelong member of Easley First Baptist Church. He spearheaded the fundraising to build Easley Baptist Hospital. He donated the stadium sound system for the Easley High School and did play by play announcements for their AA football team. He loved his hometown and assisted his brother Mayor Charles Ellenburg in revitalizing downtown Easley and building Old Market Square.

Ralph had an ability to fix almost anything and enjoyed working in his shop in the evenings and on the weekends. He was known to his family and friends as “the fix-it man” and lovingly and respectfully called “Mr. E”. He enjoyed many years of horsemanship on his Cedar Rail Ranch, and also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Helen, and his grandchildren in his motor home throughout the U.S. (including Alaska), Canada and Mexico.

A visitation will be at 1 PM Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Easley First Baptist Church, followed by a service to celebrate his life at 2:00 P.M. with committal at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind at 119 South Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205.

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, S.C., is assisting the Ellenburg family in making arrangements. (864) 878-6371.


  • Ernest McClellan Ellenburg (Lillie Stewart Ellenburg Nations), Father (deceased)
  • Helen Paterson Ellenburg (Ralph M. Ellenburt Sr), Spouse (deceased)
  • Mac Ellenburg, Son
  • Heller Gwen Ellenburg, Daughter
  • Heather Marie McConnell, Daughter
  • Will Earl Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Roy Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Jack Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Jimmie Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Lafoy Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Sherwood Ellenburg, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Lou, Sister (deceased)
  • Mr. Ellenburg has 5loving grandchildren, 9 precious and beautiful great grandchildren and 4 adorable great great grandchildren.

  • Tommy Ellenburg, Pallbearer
  • Sammy Ellenburg, Pallbearer
  • Kol Stamey, Pallbearer


7 December


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Easley First Baptist Church

300 East FIrst Ave
Easley, SC 29640

7 December

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Easley First Baptist Church

300 East First Ave
Easley, SC 29640


Mr. Ralph M Ellenburg Sr

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Lafoy Ellenburg. Jr.

December 6, 2019

Ralph was a great man and a wonderful giving person. He was very good to my dad and our family. He will surely be missed. My thoughts and prays go out to all the family at this time. By the way Ralph also bought and operated the Dodge dealership in Easley in the mid fiftys. Quite a guy. Lot of great memories.

kathy Church

December 4, 2019

Gwen and family.I am so sorry for your loss. You all are truly blessed to have your loved one in your life for so long.

Kenna Day

December 1, 2019

Ralph was such a blessing to so many! I never saw him that he wasn’t smiling and full of love and laughter. He was a ray of sunshine in this world. He will be greatly missed and our condolences and love goes out to the family.
Love from Kent Stephens and family🙏

Bonnie Powell

December 1, 2019

Mr. E I have so many great memories of the 30 & 1/2 years that I had the pleasure of working for you. You will be missed.

Ashley Welborn

November 29, 2019

Mr.R. Ellenburg was a fine man. He was very kind and would help anyone. He will be missed by so many.