Jim Elmore, 83, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
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Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Stephen United Methodist Church with Dr. Stan Cosby and the Rev. Ken Cole officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
Jim was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Florence, CO, to Tom and Blanche Elmore. He moved to Clovis, N.M., with his family, where he graduated from Clovis High School in 1949. He worked at the Pepsi plant in Clovis with his father before enlisting in the Coast Guard on July 11, 1951. He was honorably discharged on July 12, 1954.
Jim married his first wife, Loveta Kim, in 1956. He and his father then purchased the Dr Pepper plant in Clovis, where he worked alongside his father for many years. He and his family moved to Olney, where he purchased Dr Pepper Distributorship and operated his business for five years. In 1965, he moved to Amarillo and purchased the Dr Pepper Bottling Co. and operated it until his retirement in 1976.
He married Eldora Littlejohn in February 1995 in Amarillo. Jim was a self-trained broker and served as an investment advisor to many after his retirement. He was dedicated to his church, where he lovingly devoted his time as a volunteer in the office and as a head usher. He enjoyed tennis and was an avid golfer. He and his family and friends enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas, a time they will always treasure.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Clay Elmore, in 1993; and his first wife, Loveta Elmore, in 2003.
Survivors include his wife, Eldora Elmore of Amarillo; a daughter, Penny Elmore of Amarillo; a son, Douglas Elmore and wife Nancy of Minneapolis; two sisters, Roberta Lansford and husband Lynn of Clovis and Audrey Leslie of Carlsbad, N.M.; a grandson, Clay Elmore II; three stepchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and his loving caregiver, Tommika Lindsay.
The family suggests memorials be to St. Stephen United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Published in the Clovis News Journal on Nov. 17, 2013