Sterling F. Elliott, 82, of Jacksonville, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born Dec. 25, 1930, in Waverly, the son of Newton and Ola Morris Elliott. He married Joyce Anne Fernandes on Dec. 8, 1950, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death Dec. 24, 2010.
He is survived by four daughters and one son, Gayle (Jon) Evans of South Jacksonville, Cathy (Steve) Cowgur and Jean (Jim) Ankrom, both of Jacksonville, and Mike (Trish) Elliott and Becky (David) Elmore, both of South Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was the youngest of nine children, and was preceded by five sisters, Margaret McFarland, Florence Schillinger, Nancy Benham, Winifred Smith and Delphia Elliott; and three brothers, Newton L. Elliott Jr. (surviving wife, Wilma of Carrollton), John Elliott (surviving wife, Mary Lee of South Jacksonville) and Kenneth Elliott.
Mr. Elliott was a 1948 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He retired from Baptist Electronics (BESCO) after more than 50 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked for Carole Jean IGA until its closure and then for County Market. He was a lifetime member of the Jacksonville Elks Club and was a member of the Jacksonville Moose Lodge. Sterling was an avid bowler and enjoyed the friendships he made playing in many leagues at the Bowl Inn. He and Joyce enjoyed camping at Lake Jacksonville and he loved being outdoors. His favorite times were spent with his family, and his smile would light up the room when his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were near.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Jacksonville East Cemetery. The family will meet friends 11 a.m.-2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to South Jacksonville Rescue Squad or to Elks Youth Programs. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel
1100 Lincoln Ave.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 26, 2013