Ellerbe Hornsby was born on September 30, 1920 in Elgin, Kershaw, South Carolina, to Michael Ernest “Mike” Hornsby and Dove “Dovie” Motley Watts Hornsby.
1930 Census Information:
Mike E Hornsby is listed as the head of household; also in the home was his wife, Dovie Hornsby; and children, Boykin L Hornsby, Eliza T Hornsby, Viola A Hornsby, Otto Ernest Hornsby, Lillian E Hornsby, Lizzie M Hornsby, and Ellerbe Hornsby. Edmond farmed and Sadie kept house, they reported that both of them could not read or write. Boykin was helping to keep the family farm. Another son, Otto had to pull double duty to help with the farm and go to school, while siblings Eliza, Viola, Lillian, Lizzie, and Ellerbe attended school.
1940 Census Information:
Mike E Hornsby is listed as the head of household; also in the home was his wife, Dovie Hornsby; and children, Viola A Hornsby and Ellerbe Hornsby. It was reported that they owned their farm in Kershaw, South Carolina worth about $500. Mike, Viola and Ellerbe all worked the farm as farmers.
Ellerbe was listed as a candidate for graduation in the class of Blaney High School.
On August 15, 1942, at Fort Jackson, Ellerbe enlisted in the Army as a Private for the duration of the war or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law at Fort Jackson, in Columbia. Ellerbe claimed that he had completed 2 years of high school and was a sales clerk, was single without dependents.
He married Edna Rabon
On March 19, 1969, Ellerbe L Hornsby was mentioned as a living son in the obituary of Mrs. Dovie Motley Hornsby
On September 17, 1971, Ellerbee Hornsby was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Boykin L. Hornsby, Sr.
On February 16, 1985, Ellerbe L Hornsby was listed as the deceased husband in the obituary of Mrs. Eliza Hornsby Branham.
On May 1, 1989, Ellerbe L Hornsby was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Edmond W Hornsby.
On August 6, 1996, Ellerbe Hornsby was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Otto Ernest Hornsby.
Mr. Hornsby died Friday, July 27, 2001. Services for Ellerbe L. Hornsby, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Springvale Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Kyle Harmon and Rev. George Cashwell will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today at Kornegay Funeral Home Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. Memorials may be made to Springvale Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1496 Springvale Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.
Mr. Hornsby was an Army veteran, having served in the European Theater during World War II. He retired from the civil service, Department of the Army at Fort Jackson. He was a member of Springvale Baptist Church.
Surviving were his wife, Edna R. Hornsby; son and daughter-in-law, Dwight E. and Donnell Hornsby of West Union; sisters, Lillian Miller of Cayce, Lizzie Stockman of Elgin; grandchildren, Mac Hornsby and Aubrie Hornsby.