Mr. Thomas Lestel Elkins

  • Born: October 15, 1920
  • Died: October 5, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

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Message From The Family

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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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Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear about Lestel. He was a good man, father, husband and friend to everyone. I am in awe of his long,rich, unique life. He was probably working in his garden when he passed. He will be missed. I am sad I can not attend visitation. I've been out of state since October 1 and won't be back until Thanksgiving. Just whisper to him big thank you for getting me down from the top of that barn. I'll never forget that and also all the fun we used to have. Take care. Love you. Cyndi❤

Posted by Cyndi Cohoon - Murray, KY - Friend   October 09, 2021

Sorry,for your loss.Worked for Mr Elkins years ago.He was a good man and I habe never forgotten him.

Posted by Glynn Hill - Brunswick, GA - Friend   October 07, 2021

So sorry for his families loss. He was the sweetest man and always willing to tell you about his cows and his garden. He loved sharing his pictures that were made during WWII and he experiences while there and on the cold December night he returned home and went for a swim. Rest in Peace Sir.

Posted by Sandra Page - Murray, KY - Friend   October 06, 2021

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