Obituary – Jerrel G. “Jerry” Elkins

Mr. Jerrel G. “Jerry” Elkins, 81, Retired U. S. Army Veteran and Utilities Investigator with the Mississippi Public Service Commission, died March 28th. 2014 at the North Ms. Medical Center in Eupora. Funeral Services were held 2:00PM Monday March 31st. 2014 at the Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in the Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County with full military honors. Rev. Travis Gray officiated. Pallbearers were; Doug, Don, Steve and Mike Elkins, Ron and Ryan Wood, Honorary Pallbearers were; Harold and Cam Elkins, Steve and Kenny Wood, Lions Club, and Crusaders Sunday School Class. Jerry is survived by his wife; Barbara Wood Elkins, Eupora, Ms., two sons; Greg (Cynthia) Elkins, Vaiden, Ms. and David Elkins, Eupora, Ms., a sister; Sherry Pittman (Dan) Moreland, Starkville, Ms., four brothers; Hugh (Betty) Elkins, Haleyville, Al., Buddy (Ola) Pittman, Walthall, Ms., DuWayne (Ginger) Pittman, Crossett, Ar., and Robert Pittman, Mantee, Ms., four grandchildren; Lance Rowlen (Carla) Elkins, Cregg Bradley Elkins, Carrie Leigh (Eric) Hunt, and Hannah Beth Elkins, and four great grandchildren; Will Elkins, Parker Elkins, Maddox Hunt and Cayleigh Hunt. He was preceded in death by his parents; John Henry and Christine Morgan Elkins, and three brothers; John Elkins, James Elkins and M. H. Pittman. Jerry’s dedication to Christian ideals is reflected in his membership in the First Baptist Church of Eupora where he serves as a member of the Crusaders Sunday School Class. Jerry was educated at Eupora High School where he graduated in 1952, Holmes Junior College where he attended on a football scholarship, and at San Antonio College, Colorado State University, University of Maryland and the University of Virginia. His pledge to the liberty and justice of his Country is evidenced in his twenty-two years of military service in the United States Army, which included tours of Korea, Germany and Libya, and two tours of Vietnam, and receipt of the Meritorious Service Medal twice and the Bronze Star twice. Jerry’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the numerous positions of immense responsibility that have been bestowed upon him, such as civilian contractor, mobile home inspector and Consumer Complaint Specialist with the Mississippi Public service Commission from 1980 until 2000. His commitment to the Community of Eupora, Webster County, and the future of Mississippi is reflected in his membership in the Eupora Lions Club where he has served as President three times, his membership in the Eupora Country Club, where he has served as President of the Board, his membership in the Masons, the Shriners and the Royal Arch. Jerrel G. “Jerry” Elkins will be sorely missed by both his family and the Eupora and Webster County communities. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of all arrangements. Please make any memorials to the Eupora First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 268, Eupora, Ms. 39744.