Ellsworth N. Emmett, a resident of Gulf Shores, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.
He was born May 5, 1925, in Carbondale, Pa., the son of Arthur and Jane Richards Emmett. His early education, grades one thru eight, were in Oneonta, N.Y. Following his graduation from Carbondale's Benjamin Franklin High School, he completed one year of college before entering the U.S. Navy for three years, serving in the Pacific Theater.
He married Phyllis E. LeVan in June of 1946. Returning to Oswego State Teachers, he received his B.S. Degree in 1948 and was elected to Epsilon Pi Tau, the National Industrial Arts Honorary Society. At Keene Central School, Keene Valley, N.Y., he taught industrial arts, science 9, mechanical drawing and biology.
He moved to Brocton, N.Y., in 1951 where he taught industrial arts, mechanical drawing and earth science at Brocton Central School until his retirement in 1981; he also was the director of adult education and taught GED and Cabinetmaking adult classes. He received his M.S. Degree in 1956.
Transferring to a new teaching area, graduate studies were completed at Colgate University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and State University Colleges at Fredonia, Oneonta, Brockport and Edinboro, Pa., for certification in the earth sciences. He served as a critic teacher for SUNY at Buffalo and Fredonia. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa of Southwestern New York.
As a member of the Brocton Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday School teacher and as superintendent, lay leader, certified lay speaker and trustee, also as the Webelos Scout leader. He was a Little League coach for four years in Brocton, and served six years as trustee of the local Village Board.
Following the death of his wife in 1980 and his retirement from teaching in 1981, he moved to Gulf Shores and married Carolyn Sue Melton Stewart in July of 1983. As a member of Swift Presbyterian Church, he served as teacher, treasurer and elder before transferring to the Foley Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Phyllis E. LeVan Emmett.
Survivors include his wife, Sue; two sons, Joel Emmett of Grand Island, N.Y., and Daphne, and Jeff Emmett of Sachse, Texas; two daughters, Jill Thomas of Wampsville, N.Y., and Jann Balsano of Westfield, N.Y.; four grandchildren; four sisters, Gladys McFee of Naples, Fla., Ann Nichols of Greene, N.Y., Ardis Humphrey of Carbondale, Pa., and Carol Peknik of Watertown, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Shannon Haywood of Birmingham and Allyson Stewart of Daphne; and two step-granddaughters.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Foley.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13 at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 N. Pine St., Foley, with Dr. Lance Moore and the Rev. Jim Tiller officiating. Burial will be at Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, N.Y., at a later date.
Arrangements are by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., Foley.