Raymond Vaughn Elliott age: 85 & 10 months, born: October 15, 1921 died: December 29, 2007, West Jefferson, NC

Raymond V. Elliott was a regular at Len Stokes Checker Tournaments in Boone, NC.  I can't think of a single get-together at Len's "Checker Hut" on 453 George Wilson Road that Raymond wasn't there ready to play checkers.  He was a gentleman in every respect and a genuine mountain man.  I knew he liked woodworking, making cabinets, and furniture.  I have a link to his obituary on Boone Family Funeral Home, West Jefferson, NC.   Raymond was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army in the Pacific Islands and awarded the Bronze Star for bravery, and receiving the Purple Heart as combat wounded. 

The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration  which may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service.  When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been combat wounded or killed while serving with the military.  The Purple Heart is the oldest symbol and award that is still given to members of the U.S. military, surpassed in history only by the long obsolete Fidelity Medallion.

We will definitely miss this fine checker player and his friendship.

Boone Family Funeral Home, West Jefferson, NC.
Raymond V. Elliott

After a brief but courageous illness, Mr. Raymond Vaughn Elliott, 86, of West Jefferson, NC, joined God's Heavenly Choir on Saturday, December 29, 2007. Mr. Elliott was known for his sincere love and concern for everyone he met and for his special ability to make others laugh. He especially loved his church family and lived his Christian life so as to inspire someone else's life.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Gwendolyn Gentry Elliott; a son, Tommy Elliott and wife Jeannie of Boone, a daughter; Diane Elliott Parsons and husband Frank of West Jefferson; four grandchildren Shane Elliott and wife Kelly and daughter Katie of Jefferson, Kristy Elliott and daughter Sierra of Wilmington, and Zane and Jena Parsons of West Jefferson; two sisters, Winfred Rash of Lansing and Ruth Huffman of Crumpler, one sister-in-law, Lessie Elliott of Smethport and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Flora Elliott and close brother Bluford Elliott, of Smethport.

Mr. Elliott received a bronze star from proudly serving his country in World War II during which time he spent ten months in a military hospital in the Pacific Islands due to heavy artillery. After words he returned to Ashe County where he had the honor of working with Dr. R.C. Ray, Sr., country doctor and friend. Mr. Elliott was employed at Ray Drug Store for 43 years. Affectionally known as "Doc," customers regularly sought his advice, enjoyed the old-time cherry cokes and milkshakes he made, and humbly accepted his offer to pay for medicine for their little ones when they couldn't afford it. He truly had a heart of gold, and especially when it came to kids.

During his life, Mr. Elliott enjoyed woodworking in the family's cabinet shop. Additionally, he shared many special friendships through his love of playing a good game of checkers, bowling a good game, and listening to beagles run a good rabbit race.

Mr. Elliott's family will receive friends at Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson on Sunday from 6:00 � 8:00 pm. A celebration of his life will be held at Mission Home Baptist Church in Fleetwood on Monday, December 31, at 2:00 pm with officiating ministers, Jack Miller of West Jefferson, Tom Vestal of Mouth of Wilson, VA, and David Wellborn of Wilkesboro. Burial will follow in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson with military rites conducted by members of the county's VFW and Jr. ROTC of Ashe County High School.

In place of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission Home Baptist Church c/o Mr. Raymond Brown / 171 Big Flatts Road Fleetwood, NC 28626. The family expresses their deep gratitude to Dr. Robert Griffith, Watauga Internal Medicine, Dr. Flint Gray, Seby Jones at Regional Cancer Center, and to the extra ordinary second floor nurses and staff, the Therapy Department and first floor cafeteria workers at Watauga Medical Center whose kindness made Mr. Elliott's time there so comfortable. Thank you, too, for the kindness of the many friends he so loved.

 General Information
Name Raymond Vaughn Elliott
Born Oct 15, 1921
Died Dec 29, 2007
Place The Residence
 Visitation Information
Location Boone Family Funeral Home
Address 2005 Mount Jefferson Road
West Jefferson
First Visitation
Sun Dec 30th
 Service Information
Location Mission Home Baptist Church
Time Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:00pm
Officiating Rev. Jack Miller
Co-Celebrant Rev. David Welborn
Co-Celebrant Rev. Tom Vestal
 Interment Information
Location Ashelawn Memorial Gardens
Address 3470 Highway 221 North

Raymond's obituary run in the Jefferson Post and also the Winston-Salem Journal.

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