He was preceded by his parents, Virgil and Edna Elliott of Cleveland; and brother, Paul Elliott of Florida.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend with a warming smile; he was always generous and supportive. In his free time, he enjoyed golf, fishing, travel, and square dancing. He also became a master gardner and was a member of the Masons.
He had a career as an engineer with the Pershing missile and training program (a real rocket scientist). He traveled around the USA and to Germany training the military to use the Pershing. He later moved to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he developed telemetry and did program management for military electronics. During his career, many awards and letters of commendation were received from the Air Force recognizing his outstanding performance and dedication to his work.
He is survived by his wife, Nell; sons: Brent (Ilicena) of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Dennis (Toni) of Brentwood; grandchildren: Brooke and Erik of California, and Keith (Lauren) and Craig of Tennessee; sister, Joy (Sam) Humbard of Cleveland; brother, Sam (Barbara) of Seffner, Fla.; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, with visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Byron Wilson, Tony Kimsey, Bob White, and Sam Humbard.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 2191 9th Ave, North, Suite 120-A, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.
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