James McKinney Elliott, Jr.
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SHREVEPORT, LA-- James McKinney Elliott, Jr. died peacefully on June 13, 2012 at The Grace Home of Shreveport, LA. Jim was born on May 19, 1924 in Johnstown, PA. He graduated from Culver Military Academy and later attended the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). He entered the Army in April of 1943 and served in World War II through the summer of 1946. After returning to the U.S., he attended the College of William & Mary, graduating with a BA in political science. Jim also served in the Korean War from 1950-52 and stayed in the reserves, retiring as a Major.
He started his career working as a reporter, first for The Nashville Banner and later at The Chicago Sun-Times. In 1962, he bought the Noble-Dury & Associates advertising agency in Nashville, TN, and helped launch Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken nationwide. In 1980, he moved his family to Shreveport, LA, to open an Insty-Prints printing franchise. New to the printing business, he and his wife quickly became industry leaders. Jim served on the board of Downtown Shreveport Unlimited and was an elder at Belcher Presbyterian Church.
An avid reader, Jim was a prolific letter writer. He also enjoyed watching the corn, cotton, and soybeans grow near his home in north Shreveport. Throughout his life, Jim owned many dogs, including his "old friends" Muggsy and Maggie, and loved each one of them dearly. He was an incredibly generous man and was known to bring cookies to friends all over town.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ella Crawford Heath Elliott and James McKinney Elliott, Sr.; and by his daughter, Frances Moore Elliott. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eugenia Jarman Elliott; daughter, Florida Elliott Paige; sons, Peter Elliott, Daniel Brooks Corzine, Heath Anderson Elliott, and Maxey Jarman Elliott; his brother, Stewart Witney Elliott and his brother's wife, Anne Mayo Elliott. He is also survived by nine grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the supportive staff and volunteers at The Grace Home, The Oaks, Progressive Care Center, friends and neighbors, and the Insty-Prints family for all of their support and compassion given to Jim and Gene.
A service celebrating his life will be held on July 7, 2012 at Belcher Presbyterian Church in Belcher, LA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Belcher Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 207, Belcher, LA 71004 or to a
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from June 15 to June 16, 2012