GLADSTONE, N.M. – W.C. "Dub" McElhannon peacefully passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 17, 2014 at Swedish Hospital in Denver, Colorado.|
Dub was born in Bomarton, Texas on August 25, 1931 to Loy Lee and Erna Mae McElhannon. He received a scholarship to play football for Tulane University where he graduated with a B.Ed. and still holds a record in the Top Ten for Yards Per Reception for Tulane Green Wave Football. Dub served his country as 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Field Artillery, Korea and Ft. Sill, Okla..
Dub received two Masters Degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he served as Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director. While at Trinity, Dub met the love of his life, Patricia "Tish" Spencer and they married on June 27, 1958 in Dumas, Texas.
After completing his Masters in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, Dub began his 30 year career in hospital administration. Dub's love and heart for people and his keen ability for networking and building camaraderie left a mark in all of the hospitals where he served:
1970-1975 Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; 1975-1982 Wilson N Jones Memorial Hospital, Sherman, Texas; 1982-1987 Terrell Community Hospital, Terrell, Texas; 1987-1990 Melissa Memorial Hospital, Holyoke, Colo.; 1990-1991 Seward General Hospital, Seward, Ark.; 1991-1992 Mt. San Rafael Hospital, Trinidad, Colo; 1992-1995 Queen's Health System, Molokai General Hospital, Kaunakakai, Hawaii; 1995-1996 Trinity Valley Hospital, Cambridge Neb.; 1996-1997 Rio Grande Hospital, Del Norte, Colo.; and 1997-2000 Union County General Hospital, Clayton, N.M.
Dub retired from hospital administration in 2000 and moved with Tish to SouthCross Ranch in Gladstone, N.M. where he lived at the time of his death.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack McElhannon. Dub is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia "Tish" Spencer McElhannon, four children, Spencer and wife, Katia McElhannon; Kristy Campbell and husband, Carey; Liz White and husband, Jamie and Cooper McElhannon. Dub is survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Dub's joyful booming voice and laughter were easily recognizable and contagious. He will be greatly missed.
A graveside service for family and the Gladstone Community was held on July 24, 2014 at the Gladstone Cemetery in Gladstone, N.M. and officiated by Dub's nephew, Toby Snowden, pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at High Pointe Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made payable to High Pointe Baptist Church for the Southwest Center for Training and Church Planting Ministry, 101 High Pointe Lane, Cedar Hill, TX 75104.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 6, 2014