He retired from Bowater and later worked at Walmart as a greeter. He was a veteran of the United Sates Army, who served during World War II.
He was a member of Big Spring Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as a deacon for more than 55 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Maggie Elkins; parents, Ed and Bessie Elkins, Sr.; and two brothers: Ed Elkins Jr. and Dennis Elkins.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Dana Elkins; grandson, Eric Elkins; two great-granddaughters: Sydney Elkins and Skylar Elkins; sister and best friend, Bonnie Foster of Lewes, Del.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16, 2012, at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Joe Brooks and Larry Puckett officiating.
Roy Willhoit, Gene Hysinger, David Robinson, Johnny Baker, Kevin Davenport and Tim Davenport will serve as pallbearers.
A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorials be made Big Spring Baptist Church, 1415 Hardwick St. S.E., Cleveland, TN 37311.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.