Donald C. Elliott, 80, of Lashmeet, WV, on Friday, March 24, 2017. Born July 25, 1936 at Springton, he was the son of the late Garland Elliott and Lena Carden Elliott.
Having dropped out of high school and realizing the importance of education, Dr. Elliott obtained a GED, earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Bluefield State College, a B.S. Degree in Religion from Emmanuel College, a M.A. Degree in History and Education from Radford University and a Ph.D. in Society and Religion from Oxford Graduate School.
At the age of 24, Dr. Elliott acknowledged a call into the ministry and was licensed and ordained as a minister in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He served as pastor to congregations in Mullensville, Matoaka, Bluewell, Athens, GA, Radford, VA and Charlotte, NC. Dr. Elliott’s teaching career, which he viewed as an extension of his call, began at UTEC in Monroe, NC, Stanley Community College in Albemarle, NC, Anson Community College in Polkton, NC, South Piedmont Community College in Monroe, NC and finished at Mountain State University in Beckley.
For those of you who knew him well, it will come as no surprise that Donald C. Elliott did not want the prolonged sadness associated with wakes, funerals and burials. Therefore, he decided long ago to forgo this tradition and would ask that you simply remember the time shared on earth, the messages he preached about salvation, and the importance of being prepared to meet God. His heartfelt desire has always been that all would accept Jesus Christ as Savior and would one day share with him the joys of Heaven for all eternity.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Burkett Elliott; and one brother, Emory Elliott.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Linda Dunford Elliott; one son, Steven Elliott and wife Felecia; one daughter, Cindy Brady and husband Verne; one step-daughter, Susan Lawrence; one step-son, Jason Perkins and wife Danielle; one sister, Lois Gibson and husband John; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Elliott and Eunice Burkett Mills and husband Larry; four brothers-in-law, Harold Burkett and wife Deborah, Keith Dunford and wife Rhonda, Kevin Dunford and wife Becky and Raymond Begil; nine grandchildren, Shawn, Sarah, Alisa, Drew, and by marriage, Eric, Jayden, Reagan, Kaitlyn and Sarah, with each one being his favorite; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews who he loved as his own; and special friend, Paula Elliott.
Honoring Dr. Elliott’s request, there will be no services at the funeral home. Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton, WV. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.
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[Editor's Comment: Donald Elliott was a beloved pastor at Tarkenton Memorial Pentecostal Holiness in Athens, GA from 1978-1982. Dr. Paul Hopkins both preceded and succeeded him. I followed Paul Hopkins in 1986 and resigned in 1995 to accept a call to the Richmond First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Donald Elliott was big on Bus Ministry and started a very successful bus ministry at Tarkenton that brought in hundreds of children, youth and adults. God greatly blessed this ministry and out of it came Mary Espinosa who married Randy Williams. Mary won her mother, grandmother and bother to Jesus Christ, as well as other members of her family. Mary Campbell was the bus captain who was responsible for getting Mary to come to Sunday school and church. She was a natural for bus ministry with her gift of evangelism.
On the 100th anniversary of Tarkenton Memorial Church/Christian Life Worship Center John Ingham was our pastor. On that day he named Donald Elliott and Hugh H. Morgan Pastor Emeritus.
Although we mourn the death of Donald Elliott we rejoice that he has arrived at his heavenly home and is forever with the Lord Jesus Christ, his Savior and Lord. The congregation of Tarkenton which is now Christian Life Worship Center honors their former pastor and are grateful for his labor of love, his anointed preaching, and his pastoral care ministry to them. One family in particular, the Pearson family, will never forget the loving care that he showed to their dear mother, Bertie Mae Pearson. The Pearson family has been a strong family in the church, and most if not all of them are gifted singers. We have enjoyed the Pearson Trio for years, Blenda Pearson Smith, Vonnie Pearson Parnell, and Frank Pearson.]