On November 21, 1966, a vibrant soul named Clifford Ellington graced the world. His life, filled with passion and dedication, was abruptly cut short on March 24, 2023. His larger-than-life persona left an indelible mark on all who knew him.
Clifford's career was a testament to his commitment to public service. He served the Town of Mayodan as their Public Works Director, and later as the Deputy Chief of the Mayodan Fire Department, a role he retired from in 2019. His courage was unwavering; he was always ready to face any situation head-on, a trait evident in the battle-worn look of his helmet.
In 2002, Clifford joined Strum Ruger as their Environmental Health and Safety Officer. Here, he spent 11 years of his life, leading range officer’s testing of various firearms and teaching a myriad of classes, including CPR, Stop the Bleed, and Basic First Aid. He, along with his wife Angie, taught Conceal Carry Classes and certified over 500 new handgun owners. They were beginning to become certified for advanced classes and tactical training when he passed.
Clifford's love for firearms was profound. He had a passion for the intricate designs and coating options of firearm stocks and had several that were waiting for him to put his personal touches on.
An outdoor enthusiast at heart, Clifford loved everything about the great outdoors. From recreational shooting and tactical training to kayaking, repelling, hiking, and yard work, he embraced it all. His energy was infectious, and even fishing, which he found too slow, couldn't slow him down.
Clifford's legacy lives on through the lives he touched and the lessons he imparted. His passing has left a void, but his memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those he left behind.
This memorial was penned by Angie Plummer-Ellington, a testament to their shared journey.
In tribute to Clifford's service as a first responder, Guiding Eyes Outdoors has introduced "The Ellington." This Ruger American chambered in 308, topped with a Vortex Crossfire II 9-24x50 scope, is a fitting tribute to a man who lived on the edge. The most distinctive feature of this rifle is the custom stock adorned with the American flag, a piece from Clifford's collection. The Ellington will be presented to a specially selected first responder or veteran at each deer camp for use during the event. Those interested in using the rifle at an event will be requested to submit a brief biography for review by GEO staff and the family of Clifford. Only those deemed worthy by those who knew him best will be awarded the opportunity to hunt with “The Ellington.”
The rifle will be returned to Drew Blake following each event.