Gene Luther Elliott, of Newberry, FL, passed away October 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in McMechen, WV, on August 23, 1929 to the Luther Lee Elliott and Olive Rebecca (Logston) Elliott.
Gene graduated from Union High in Benwood, WV and then proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War: stationed on both the USS Currier and the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Among other medals, he received the Good Conduct Medal. Gene attended West Virginia University after the Navy and was a lifelong WVU fan.
While attending WVU, he met and married Carolyn Jane Harvey on July 20, 1957. They lived in Glen Dale, West Virginia, where he worked for the Kammer and the Mitchell Power plants, followed by the Consolidation Coal Company as a chemist.
Gene was very active in the Boy Scouts of America as a troop leader for Troop 82 in Glen Dale, WV, a troop which exists to this day. He received a number of awards from the Boy Scouts, including the Silver Beaver Award for 25 years of service to the Scouts.
Gene’s brush with fame came when he and two friends started a band, Brad and the C Notes, to back up a then very young Brad Paisley. The men knew he would be a star and wanted to help in whatever way they could. Brad and the C Notes played local gigs and even went as far as Bridgewater, CT, before Brad left for college and later became the star the C Notes knew he would be. Gene was always very proud of Brad’s success, and the small role he played it in.
After retiring from the Coal Company, he and Carolyn moved to Newberry, FL in 1991, where Gene remained very active in the community. He is a long time member of the Newberry United Methodist Church, where he has served as a Trustee, on the church board, and as the unofficial maintenance man for many years. He was also a member of the Newberry Lions Club and was voted Lion of the Year. He was still a member of both the Church and the Lions at the time of his death.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Harvey Elliott, two children, Melinda J. Elliott of Reisterstown, Maryland, and Richard H. Elliott of Martinez, California, and 4 grandchildren, Heather N. Cassano of West Newton, Massachusetts, Brian E. Cassano of Randallstown, Maryland, Alexandra A. Elliott of Oakland, California, and Sophia Holtz of Los Angeles, California. He also leaves many loving nieces, nephews, and other family members.
He is predeceased by his parents, Luther and Olive Elliott, and his sisters, Rosetta McMahon and Gladys Brandon.
Two memorial services will be held with visitation one hour prior to each service:
Friday, October 26 at 4:00 PM at Newberry United Methodist Church at 24845 W. Newberry Rd in Newberry, FL 32669, and
Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 AM at Altmeyer Funeral Home’s Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel 118 Grant Ave in Moundsville WV 26041 with Rev. Keith Forkey officiating. Burial will follow the Moundsville service at Halcyon Hills Memorial Park in Sherrard, WV. Moundsville Honor Guard will conduct graveside military services.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Elliott’s honor to either Newberry UMC at the above address, or to Autism Speaks at https://act.autismspeaks.org.
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018
Halcyon Hills Memorial Park
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