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Mr. Thomas  Lestel Elkins

Obituary for Mr. Thomas Lestel Elkins

October 15, 1920 - October 5, 2021
Murray, Kentucky | Age 100


Mr. Thomas Lestel Elkins, age 100, nearing his 101st birthday the 15th of this month, of Murray, Kentucky, died on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray.

Mr. Elkins was born in Calloway County, Kentucky, on October 15, 1920, to the late Thomas Jefferson "Jack" Elkins and Otie (Morgan) Elkins. Mr. Elkins was a life-long farmer and resident of Calloway County, known for his Hereford cattle, raising top quality tobacco, and his gardens that fed many in his community. Mr. Elkins received the Goodyear/NACD Conservation Award for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation. He was an Army veteran of WWII stationed in the Philippines. Mr. Elkins was a member of the Friendship Church of Christ and a regular visitor at the Glendale Road Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Elkins was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Nell (Stancill) Elkins; one sister, Lona Mae Williams; one granddaughter, Renee Overbey; son-in-law, Jerry "Red" Overbey; stepdaughter, Nellie Lewis; and step great-grandson, Jonny Armstrong.

Mr. Elkins is survived by two daughters, Judy Overbey and Deborah Grogan and husband Steve all of Murray, Kentucky; stepson, Ronnie Stancill of Whittmann, Arizona; two brothers, Otis Elkins and wife Bobbie Sue and Carlos Elkins and wife Linda all of Murray, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Penny Wallace of Murray, Kentucky, Jeremy Grogan and wife Bridgette of Murray, Kentucky and Jason Grogan and wife Summer of Almo, Kentucky; six step grandchildren, Ronnie Stancill, II, Jackie Armstrong, Danny Guess, Chad Lewis, Tim Lewis, and Chris Lewis; six great grandchildren, Brodie Wallace, Logan Wallace, Taylor Garrison, Evan Garrison, Emerson Grogan, and Bailee Grogan; 10 step great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; and five step great great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services with John Dale and Phillip Bazzell officiating. Burial will follow in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, Kentucky 42071.

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    803 Poplar Street
    Murray, KY 42071

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201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
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