Major Ryan Scott David age 35, of Boone passed away Sunday July 1, 2012 in South Dakota while serving his country. He was one of the four crew members who perished on the MAFFS #7 C-130 fighting the White Draw Fire near Edgemont, South Dakota. He was born April 3, 1977 in Bellevue, Nebraska. Major David was an experienced highly decorated navigator and a member of the NC National Guard 145th Air Lift Wing based in Charlotte. Prior to joining the Guard, he had over 10 years of active duty experience in the US Air Force and served on multiple deployments to Southwest Asia. He was also employed by USIS of Winchester, VA.
He is survived by his wife, Jenny Ellerbe; one son, Robert (Rob) Scott Ellerbe David; their dog, Kayleigh; his father, Daniel So David and wife Flor of Chevy Chase, Maryland; his mother, Rina Swank David-Claytor of Silver Spring, Maryland and her husband, W. Richard; three brothers, Bradley “B. J.” David and Paul David of Silver Spring, Maryland, and JDee David of Chevy Chase, Maryland; two sisters, Reyna Claytor and Richelle “Rica” Claytor of Silver Spring, Maryland; his mother and father-in-law, Robert and Scotty Ellerbe “Dad & Mom” of Boone; a brother-in-law, Hames Ellerbe “Bro” of Hood River, Oregon; his maternal grandfather, Charles Swank of Bellevue, Nebraska; his paternal grandmother, Ambrosia David of Hyattsville, Maryland; his cherished military family, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and many beloved friends.
Funeral services for Major Ryan Scott David were held on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Appalachian State University Holmes Convocation Center with burial following at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, NC. He was buried with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Robert Scott Ellerbe David Fund, in care of State Employees Credit Union, 1470 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607. Memorials may also be made to the Robert Scott Ellerbe David Fund, in care of USAA Savings Bank, 9800 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78288-0001, or to the Major Ryan Scott David Fund c/o The Airman & Family Readiness Program, NC National Guard 145th Air Lift Wing, 4930 Minuteman Way, Charlotte, NC 28208. Online condolences may be sent to the Ellerbe/David family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Ellerbe/David family.