Ellsworth Davis, Jr., the third child of Ellsworth Sr. and Theima Davis was born in Washington D.C. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy; his daughters, Vicky, Donna, Debra, and Danita; granddaughters, Sherri and Mandisa; grandsons, Jarel and Malcom; great-grandson, Deante; brothers, Ronald and Kenneth; sister Muriel, and many more great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Philip; sisters Lois and Carolyn; and grandson, Derek.
Ellsworth enlisted in the military in 1947. He served his country with honor and distinction in the United States Air Force for 27+ years. During his military career he worked in Communications, was a member of the Inspector General team, and was the head of Race Relations. He retired from the Air Force in1974.
After retirement, Ellsworth received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Welfare from California State University at Sacramento. Keenly aware of the racial, educational, and income disparities that exist for people of color, women, and people from impoverished, oppressed, and underserved communities, Ellsworth's later employment positions reflected these community needs.
He first worked for the Job Training Partnership Act Program (JPTA), a federal, state, and private funded program, that provided general employment training, vocational services, career counseling, and remedial education, to the economically disadvantaged, dislocated workers, and other individuals facing serious barriers to employment.
Later he became an Adult Education Instructor at Grant High School for the Sacramento Employment & Training Agency (SETA), a community action program established to connect people to jobs, business owners to quality employees, education and nutrition services to children, assistance to refugees, and hope to many Sacramento residents.
As dedicated as he was to his work, Ellsworth made time to spend with family and friends. He kept in touch with fellow veterans through the VFW, often meeting them at the McClellan Burger King to reminisce about former military life and to debate current events. He hung with his “buddies” to play cards and watch sports events. He took family to beaches, lakes, and museums, and hosted barbecues and dinners for birthdays, holidays, and other events.
Through his work, and with family and friends Ellsworth embraced a life of service and devotion. He spent his time with us living life well. Ellsworth was a devoted family man and a loyal friend. His unwavering love and support for his family and his friends was unconditional. He will be greatly missed, and we will cherish him in our hearts always.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2pm at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA; ph. 916-725-2109).
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