“Bus” started his life’s journey in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, October 22, 1921, son of Glen and Hazel Ellsworth. Soon after graduation from high school, he followed his family to Los Angeles, California, then joining the Navy after Pearl Harbor was attacked, he became a Navy pilot, flying dive bombers off the Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp in the Pacific Theater. As soon as he could he came back to Texas to claim his bride, Freddie, daughter of Beevillians Fred and Opal Uzzell. Bus and Freddie met while he was stationed at Chase Field. They settled in Van Nuyes, California. There he established West Coast Carpet Dyers, and served as President of the California Textiles Association in the 1950’s. The family moved from California to Beeville in 1959.
Bus enjoyed creating using several mediums to express his talent. There are homes scattered all over Beeville that he built. During the 1960’s he was a member and officer of the Quarterback Club supporting the high school athletes. Winning acclaim with his oil painting, he was most proud of Best of Show in a blind judging by Lincoln Borglum. As a very spiritual man, his love for God manifested as one of the founders of the Trinity Christian Church, staying active there as a board member and elder.
A patriot, Bus could trace his heritage back to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and second cousin to Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn.
The youngest of five siblings, he is survived by sister, Maureen Bouley of Southern California; daughters, Susan Thomas and husband, T R and B Sharon Clifford, both formerly of Beeville, Texas; grandchildren, Stacy Lay and husband, Trip of Patterson, Louisiana, Sammy Jackson and husband, Clint, of Gruver, Texas and H. Clifton Eissler, Mico, Texas; great-grandchildren, H. Clinton Eissler and wife, Catlin, Amelia Maria Eissler, Colten Jackson, Wesley Jackson, Sarah Jackson, Joshua Thomas, Jacob Thomas, Jaxson Lay, Jordan Lay, Ross Lay, Hannah Lay and Julianna Lay; and great-great-granddaughters, Callie Marie Eissler and Ambellina Rain Colon.
The celebration service was held at Trinity Christian Church Saturday, March 8th. The graveside military honor guard and salute was provided by the V.F.W Honor Guard.
A memorial gift in Bus’s honor can be made to the Trinity Christian Church Missionary Fund to support Beevillian David Parkman’s missionary work in the Philippians, contact 361-358-6995 for details.