ROCK HILL, S.C.-Luther C. Elrod III, 69, of Rock Hill, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.
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He was born Nov. 28, 1943, in Greenville, S.C.
Luke was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Greenville High School in 1961. In 1966, he graduated from Furman University. He earned the degree of Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1969. Luke began his legal career as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps in Worms, Germany. After completing his military service, Luke joined the John Bolt Culbertson Law Firm in Greenville. He moved to Rock Hill in 1978, to open an office for the Culbertson firm as a partner, then started his own law practice in Rock Hill in 1979. Luke's specialty was worker's compensation and personal injury with partners Tony Jones, Jack Leader, David Benson, Tommy Pope, Harold Staley, Drew Creech, and Gloria Locklair, his legal assistant of 32 years. Luke displayed a tremendous focus and determination for being productive, for getting things done and for his discipline as a managing partner, counselor, advisor, teacher, brother, and friend.
Luke was a brilliant strategist in very big and small settlement cases. The office motto is "Helping Injured People". He was well known and a respected member of the S.C. Bar Association, the Injured Workers' Advocates, and the S.C. Trial Lawyers Association.
Luke served in many important roles as a Christian friend and mentor at church and the YMCA in Rock Hill. He supported the YMCA, sponsored memberships, and encouraged physical fitness by challenging his friends in weight-loss contests, basketball, handball, and racquetball competitions. He led weekly Thursday morning prayer group in his home for 20 years. At church, Luke taught Sunday school for 25 years and was a church leader at Eastside Baptist Church with his beloved friend and pastor, the late Rev. Bully Faulkenberry. He was a trustee, leader, and teacher at West End Baptist Church and Impact Community Church with his close friend and pastor, the Rev. Mike Lowery.
He had a passion for reaching out to individuals who might be led to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Luke was very devoted to his personal prayer ministry, his discipleship ministry and his encouragement ministry. He led more than 1,000 prayer groups and mailed out tens of thousands of prayer lists and prayer grams to those with the greatest need for prayer support. Luke loved to hand out "Jesus Loves You" cards and gifts in his encouragement ministry.
Luke's favorite pastimes were gardening and fishing. He was notorious for getting the most, largest and best tomatoes, cantaloupes, okra, and beans out of his home garden. He is also know at Litchfield Beach for his superb skill in catching multiple and very large flounder.
He is preceded in death by his father, Luther Clay Elrod Jr.; his paternal grandparents, Luther Clay Elrod Sr. and Eva Marie Williams Elrod; and his maternal grandparents, Artie Tell Fouche and Josephine "Dodie" Faggoni Fouche`.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Linda Allen Elrod; his mother, Thelma Fouche Elrod of Greenville; and his brothers and sisters, Jamie Elrod and wife Martha Anne Elrod, Candy Cochran and husband Rev. Neil Cochran, Mark Elrod and wife Jan Elrod, Evie Harrison and husband Randy Harrison, all of Greenville, and David Elrod and wife Cristel Elrod of Atlanta, Ga.
He is survived by sons, Luther Clay Elrod IV and wife Holly Elrod and grandson, Luther Clay Elrod V of Atlanta, Ga.; and Linda's sons, Wesley Peace, and Tim Peace and wife Angela Peace, grandsons, Seth Peace and Cole Peace, all of Rock Hill.
Pallbearers are Wayne Helms, Steve McNeely, Leonard McNeely, Jack Leader, David Benson, Bruce Ghent, and Chip Dempsey. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Jones, Lee Smith, Steve Ballenger, Ned Duncan, Larry Gregory, Bob Benson, Tommy Pope, Harold Staley, Drew Creech and Bill Mohle.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Impact Church.
Celebration of Life Service: 3 p.m. Wednesday at Impact Church, 5115 Old York Road, Rock Hill, S.C.
Officiated By: The Rev. Mike Lowery and the Rev. Neil Cochran
Funeral Home: Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is serving the family
Memorials: May be made to Impact Community Church, the Rock Hill YMCA, or Hospice and Community Care.
Online Condolences: www.basscares.com
Published in Shelby Star from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2013