Pastor Melford J. Elliott
Elliott, Pastor Melford J.,

51, transitioned to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday May 10, 2015.

He served as the proud Pastor of The Greater Bethel Baptist Church in Akron, OH for over fourteen years.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend for 31 years, Jacqueline Elliott; sons, Earnest Maxwell (LaTonya) and Melford Elliott; his mother, Annie Christine Elliott-Summers; sisters Mary Ann Clark-Bivens (Bill), Ruth Caffey (Darrell) and Angela Elliott, brother William Nash (Vanessa); three grandchildren, Christopher Maxwell, Jazmine Collins and Tiffany Cone; one great-grandson, Isaiah Maxwell and special godson, Jewan Surles III; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral is noon Saturday at King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Anderson Street, burial Green Meadows Cemetery, visitation 10 a.m. - 12 noon Saturday.



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Published by Courier-Journal on May 14, 2015.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
14
Lying in State
9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
The Greater Bethel Baptist Church
404 S. Arlington St., Akron, Ohio
May
14
Celebration of Life
1:00p.m.
The Greater Bethel Baptist Church
404 S. Arlington St., Akron, Ohio
May
16
Interment
Green Meadows Cemetery
, Louisville, Kentucky
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To My Pastor:

It hurts so much to know you are gone from down here; but there is joy in my heart knowing that another angel has received his wings. I sit in awe wondering what am I going to do now. You were more that a Pastor to me, you were my spiritual leader, my friend, a person I could come to anytime of the day. I was your personal B-National. Your angelic voice has been silenced and who is going to sing to me now. My mother use to tell us, you never miss your water until the well runs dry, well my well is dry because I truly miss my Pastor. All I have left to say is take care of my mother until we come together again. You were born by the river!!!! Nobody can ever do it like you did it!!!!
Pamela Gibson
April 26, 2017
Rest In Peace Melford
Kim L
July 25, 2015
I will forever miss and love you. Your sister - Renee' Hope Robinson Bumpus
Renee Hope Robinson Bumpus
June 15, 2015
Rest in Peace!We are praying for all that knew and loved this young man.
The Sharpe's
May 18, 2015
Ms Lou Brown
May 17, 2015
I am still processing rev Elloitt passing. But, if anyone earn there two wings would be Rev Melford Elliott . Was a awesome preacher. And singer
RIP we all love you but, god loved you best
Ryeressie Body
May 17, 2015
I Love my uncle so Much! My Aunt Jackie is my everything!!
May 17, 2015
Min. Terri Peake
May 16, 2015
Praying for a peace that surpasses all understanding, you have my deepest sympathy at this time. May God bless and keep you in your time of need.
Crystal Noel
May 16, 2015
My deepest sympathy to mrs.Elliott,and family.Also the entire GREATER BETHEL BAPTIST family.Truly you have lost A great leader,Pastor and friend who will be missed citywide.Take comfort in knowing that he's in GOD'S arms now. REV.JANICE JOHNSON-WILSON
May 16, 2015
To the entire Elliott Family, especially Ms. Chris, Teniko, Uncle Charlie, and Daddy George.
I was sadden by the passing of Melford. Tears cannot soothe us nor can a card brings us encouragement. Just know that God called Melford home because his work was finish in Akron and Louisville. He is heading to his new resident city call HEAVEN. Melford will be miss by many.
Karen Hudson
May 15, 2015
Peace be with you Pastor Elliot. You were a blessing to us all. Will always be remembered.
Joan Gray
May 15, 2015
Pastor not many that come along the path as you...Remember Pastor Benny Williams was waiting on you . I know you 2 are having a shouting good time , wondering why we are back here crying !
Rev Tommy Higgins
May 15, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting Pastor Elliott and his family at his 8th Anniversary of the church. We had a supernatural presence of God that I will never forget. May the bless and keep hi family in their time of loss.
May 15, 2015
So very sorry,he will be missed dearly. All my love too family.
mary williams
May 15, 2015
He will High Five My Father! Great Men Sit Together Again! He is Fine Now!
Camiyon Isaiah
May 15, 2015
TO THE FAMILY, MAY YOU BE BLESSED, WITH MANY LOVING MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONE. GOD BLESS~
FRANCINE JONES SMITH & FAMILY
May 15, 2015
MAY YOU REST IN PIECE.FROM:LENE,AS MARY THOMAS AND FAMILY.MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
MARY THOMAS
May 15, 2015
Praying for the family. God will see you through.
Carolyn Johnson
May 15, 2015
My condolences to Christine, First Lady Elliott, Sylvia Sloss, my goddaughter Denise Harris and the entire Elliott family. I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to meet such a great anointed, and kind person many years ago. Having last seen Pastor Melford in October, I am happy to know that he has not changed over the years and continued to use the gifts and talents that the Lord entrusted him with. Rest peacefully with the Lord!
May 15, 2015
To the Elliott family, We of the Langdon family send you our sincere condolences in the lost of your love ones....we wish to Thank Pastor James Elliott for his unwavering committment to our family in our time like these. We send our sincere love and prayers for all.....God has taken your love to heaven.......
May 15, 2015
Pastor Elliott thank you for your unwavering commitment and service to the Akron community. May God keep your family and church congregation in perfect peace. God bless your soul. You will be greatly missed!!!!
Monique Scott
May 15, 2015
God bless yoy Rev. Leroy Elliott heard about your nephew
Rev. S Willis Walker
May 15, 2015
.....And He knows I'm so glad He knows just how much we can bare. To FIRST Lady Jackie and family we send our love and prayers to you all knowing that God is.......
Ronald & Shirley Grady
May 14, 2015
I am praying for Pastor Elliott's family
Belinda Spooney
May 14, 2015
My wife and I send our sincere condolences for the loss of your husband Pastor Elliott. With God all things are possible, our prayers continue to be with you during this time in your life. May God richly bless the entire Elliott family. Humbly submitted, Rev & Mrs. Dorsey C Houston, asst Pastor. Prince of Peace Baptist Church, Akron ohio
Rev Dorsey C Houston
May 14, 2015
mary ,tiny richie
May 14, 2015
Tonys Gulley
May 14, 2015
NO MATTER HOW DIFFCULT THINGS SEEM,HIS LIGHT IS ALWAYS THERE,WARM WITH COMFORT. WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY.
LEONA MCWILLIAMS
May 14, 2015
To the Elliot Family, Ohio, and Kentucky, New Bethel, another one of God's anointed ones, is now resting in paradise......Pastor Elliot will truly and forever be missed, so glad we had the pleasure of meeting him, and being in his services. He could preach, pray, and sing..

We loved him in Memphis, Tn. Too....You all have our love, and heartfelt sympathy.May God continue to bless, and keep a ll of you in the coming days, months, and. years.
Anita Martin
May 14, 2015
My General is gone. He was bigger than life in so many ways. Melford, you are love and missed.
Tamela Lee
Tamela Lee
May 14, 2015
May God grant strength to Chris Sommers and family. Hold on to God's unchanging hand. Much love to all.
Marcella Thomas
May 14, 2015
I did not know Pastor Melford Elliott very long. But he left a lasting impression on me. He was a very kind man and very interested in adding souls to the Kingdom. He was a very unique type of Man of God. If you did not get the oppertunity to meet him then you missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. I thank God for him. RIP Pastor Elliott
Loretta Johnson
May 14, 2015
Belinda Carter
May 14, 2015
To Sis. Elliott and The Bethel Baptist Church Family. We, The Royal Angelettes will certainly miss Pastor Elliott, his smile, his singing and his humor. But, we shall meet again. Anything we can do please let us know. We will keep you in our prayers.
The Royal Angelettes
May 14, 2015
Thank you Pastor for your great views you will be miss on this side, may God be the strength of your family. Annette Wright W.B.M.W. church
May 14, 2015
Praying for the family of Pastor Elliot.He was truly a blessing to know him. He will be missed.
K.&C. Cornelius
May 14, 2015
to the family my prayers go out to you all !
kenneth cook
May 14, 2015
I never met Pastor Elliott but would listen to him and Dionne Hooks every Sunday Morning he would always say Lean not to your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge the Lord and he shall direct your path along with the phrase I love you and there is nothing you can do about it seem like I know him words could never express how I feel Pastor Elliott will definite be miss May the good Lord shine on his wife,family and all members of GBBC Marcella Irby (Marcy)
May 14, 2015
To Mrs. Jacqueline Elliott, the Elliott Bethel Church family, I send my sincere sympathy during this time of bereavement. I remember the years of attending the many concerts in the Louisville area, where Pastor Elliott would serenade us with his God given voice. As he rendered the selection, you can feel the anointing of God on him and know he was not a performer but an worshipper for the Lord through music. May God comfort you during this time and remember the words of the songwriter, Precious memories, how they linger in our souls.
Re. Justin Shamell
May 14, 2015
To First Lady Jackie Elliott & Family, You have our deepest sympathy, For we Know "EARTH HAS NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CAN NOT HEAL" Keeping you in prayer!
Rev. Keith & Liz Hunter
May 14, 2015
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Greater First Timothy Church
May 14, 2015
My heart felt condolences go out to the First Lady Jackie Elliot and Family. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. So very sad. Condolences to the congregation of Greater Bethel Baptist as well. May GOD comfort you at this time. GOD BLESS

Sincerely,

Ms. Deon Burton of Akron OH
May 14, 2015
SO sorry for your lost.
Rhonda & Bobby Holliday
May 14, 2015
Julius Hagan
May 14, 2015
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lue Hagan
May 14, 2015
Bambi Crenshaw
May 14, 2015
Jackie and the Elliott Family. I feel your pain. And I am truly praying for all of you. There is help in the name of Jesus. When we put our cares in God's hands, He'll put His peace in your heart. Love to you all.
Maxine D. McGruder
May 14, 2015
TO sis,Jackie Elliott,I thought that i had cried my last Tear( Mary Mary) I am still in disbelief that he is gone.Last year mom and I celebrated Resurrection Sunday with my Church Family,he was truly a wonderful Pastor who cared for his flock far and near.He will truly be missed.My prayers are sent to you and your family and The Church family,I hope to see everyone in July.God will continue to walk with and keep you,even more now. Humbly Submitted, Bambi
May 14, 2015
Julius AND LUE ELLA HAGAN
Lue Hagan
May 14, 2015
To the Elliott family, may your memories of Melford keep him alive forever in your hearts. Love,Wanda Gale Bridges-Cox
Wanda Bridges-Cox
May 14, 2015
Lady Elliott and Bethel church family: You are in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and guide you during this time.
Evang Lisa Hodge
May 14, 2015
May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family. Jackie and the entire Elliott family.
I remember you and sometimes your husband singing with the Witnesses.
Anna Stivers
May 14, 2015
Mrs. Elliott and Family, my sincere condolences at the loss of Pastor Elliott. I didn't know him personally, but; he spoke at my daughters father's funeral and he gave my daughter, her sister, and myself some encouraging words which I know for a fact helped me and my daughter. I will continue to pray for the First Lady and the Family and the church family of the Greater Bethel Baptist Church.
Trina Whatley
May 14, 2015
I will miss you and I love you with all my heart may you rest in peace sincerely Essence Peake
Essence Peake
May 14, 2015
mrs Johnson
May 14, 2015
Much love and prayers for my sister, Chris and the entire family.

Linda Johnson
May 14, 2015
Praying for the Elliotts, King Solomon family, New Jerusalem family, his Ohio church family, and this young mans mom , wife and kids, grand kids, etc . God be with you during your loss !
Tina Caldwell
May 14, 2015
Mary thinking of U An family MK an family. Lou, Ky
M King
May 14, 2015
To the Elliott Family: We are sending you the best we have today. We are sending you our prayers.
One Family Under Guard World Outreach Ministries, Pastor Eula Greer
May 14, 2015
To the Elliott family my heart is broken from the lost of my dear friend,counselor,brother whom I loved dearly. Thanking God for nothing but good memories of him. He will truly be missed by me and the Humphrey family. Love Julia Humphrey Rhodes
Julia Humphrey Rhodes
May 14, 2015
Marc McElroy
May 14, 2015
Rest in peace
May 14, 2015
praying for the family and sorry for your great loss he will be missed by all.
Daun Smith
May 14, 2015
Daun Smith
May 14, 2015
Daun Smith
May 14, 2015
Camiyon Isaiah
May 14, 2015
To the Elliot family:
May GOD continue to bless and keep you during your grieving. I never knew Pastor Elliot personal but I can rejoice in knowing that a loved one has gone home to be with the LORD

Deut. 31:6; Heb. 13:5; I Thes. 4:13-18
BEATRICE CARROLL II
May 14, 2015
Michael Jones
May 14, 2015
Our lost is Heaven's gain. My prayers are w / the family. I know it felt good to hear "Well done my good n faithful servant ". I can see you smiling rt now. RIH. Save a spot for us. Ms. Jp
Jacquelyn Poindexter
May 14, 2015
Matt Jennungs
May 14, 2015
I'm am so sorry for your loss you an your family are in my prayers. Pastor was a very nice an respectful person who is loved by many. He will be truly missed
lashawn trevillion
May 14, 2015
RIP PASTOR ELLIOTT
Kenneth Bever
May 14, 2015
Sorry For Your Loss Are Condolences & Deepest Sympathy To You
John & Susan White
May 14, 2015
Very nice man and could sing his butt off wow I know him and Gi Gi Gloria Twitty gone tear heaven up!!!!! May God bless the family
Dolly allen
May 14, 2015
Proverbs 3:5-6....My sincere condolences and prayers to the Elliott family near and far. First Lady Elliott I love you dearly prayers continually.
Chinille Hunt & Family
May 14, 2015
Our condolences to the family and to his church family! He was a person who never met a stranger! We enjoyed knowing Pastor Elliott. Until we meet again! Rest in Heaven!
Gene & Dawn (Murray) Rouse & Family
May 14, 2015
TO THE ELLIOTT FAMILY. WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOST OF A DEAR FRIEND. WE WIL ALWAY REMEMBER REV. MELFORD ELLIOTT FOR GRACE AND MERCY, HIS SMILE, HIS CARING FOR OTHER. TO CHRIS WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST ON MOTHER DAY. WE WILL KEEP A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEART FOR EACH AND EVERY DAY. HE'S DOING FINE. HE WATCHING OVER YOU ALWAYS IN THE NAME OF JESUS. LOVE YOU ALL. GOD BLESS. WILLIE MAE CLAY-THOMPSON AND DAVID THOMPSON AND FAMILY. BETTIE MURPHY AND JEFF MURPHY. DANITA SUMMERS AND FAMILY,REV. JAMES CLAY, SR. AND FAMILY
WILLIE MAE AND DAVID THOMPSONS AND FAMILY
May 14, 2015
RIH Pastor you will be greatly missed. To Mrs. JACKIE hold on to Gods unchanging hand, keep trusting him through this difficult time.
Rev. Benjamin Gates- Ariori
May 14, 2015
PRAYING THAT GOD COMFORTS THE WHOLE ELLIOT FAMILY. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO WALK AROUND TO NEW JERUSALEM BAPTIST WITH MY WIFE TO HEAR THIS MAN ON FIRE FOR THE LORD. HE WOULD COME AROUND THERE ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR AND WE MADE IT OUR BUSINESS TO GO HEAR HIM. PRAYING FOR YOUR COMFORT, ELLIOT FAMILY
MIKE THOMAS SR FAMILY
May 14, 2015
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal. We love you and we are praying for the Elliott family.
New Covenant Baptist Church
May 14, 2015
To Ruth Caffey and the entire family,
Just know that we love you and will surely keep the entire family our prayers.
Doris Travis
May 14, 2015
Love you, Jazz. Praying for you and your family. Aunt Dot
Dorothea Davis
May 14, 2015
To Elliott family you are in my prayers. He had so much love for everyone. I work with him years ago before he went in ministry. And I knew he would be a Pastor RIP will remember that smile.
Yvette Hughes
May 14, 2015
We only met once but I'll always hold on to that meeting, and what you mean to my daughter, and grand daughters, my deepest condolences to your family.
LAWRENCE WYNN SR
May 14, 2015
I blessed The day God brought Melford Elliott to Akron Ohio. He touched my life and many more. I am a better man today because of Pastor Melford Elliott. I will miss him very much and loved him very much. Rest in peace my friend. this is not goodbye but so long. I will see you on the other side
Mark Ford
May 14, 2015
Sending my deepest sympathy. May God bless you.
Delores Bowers Carter
May 14, 2015
Great friend
Marc Neal
May 14, 2015
The House of Prayer For All People church will forever miss our friend, such a wonderful man of God. We have so many memories to hold onto during our several times of fellowship. God only chooses the best and that's what happened when he welcomed you home on Mothers Day. We will miss you....your voice and smile was contagious! Rest in Heaven our brother until we meet again!
Carla Polk
May 13, 2015
My condolences to the
Family, frientds and congregation of Pastor Elliott.
Sheryl
May 13, 2015
Your going to be missed Pastor Elliot! I'm praying for strength, comfort, and peace for First Lady Elliot, your family, and the Greater Bethel Baptist congregation!
Danyele Mitchell
May 13, 2015
I was heartbroken to hear of the passing of such a precious man of God. Even though I hadn't seen "Melford" (as we affectionately called him since birth), since he was called to establish a Church in Ohio, he's always been in our hearts. His Grandmother and parents lived across the street from my parents, (Mr. & Mrs. Anderson) for years on
Grand Ave. in Louisville, KY. I used to watch Melford when he was no more than 2-3 years old from our upstairs window riding his "hobby horse" on his porch as though he was riding a real horse! The Elliott Family has always been a friend of ours. On behalf of the Anderson Family, We send our most deepest love and prayers to Mrs. Christine; his mother, his dad, and to his dear wife as well as to all the rest of the family. We do thank God that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! What a legacy of Love Pastor Melford J. Elliott has left on this earth.
Pastor Claressa Wilson
May 13, 2015
To Pam Gibson & The Greater Bethel Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We believe that God's Grace is sufficient to carry you through.
Toya Kelker
May 13, 2015
Truly a man of God,we took water aerobics together at Balch st fitness center, I'm going to miss him as he is going home
Joseph Danzy and Family
May 13, 2015
Regina Cheatham
May 13, 2015
Rest in Heaven Pastor Elliot
Whystal Worthy
May 13, 2015
Are prayers go out to the Elliot family you were a good pastor Rip pastor From the Ingram family Ollie And Hope
May 13, 2015
To the Elliott family be strong and remember God will easy your pain and sorrow every day just trust in him. My condolence to you all.
Mr.& Mrs. Cornell Marshall
May 13, 2015
TO MRS.JACKIE ELLIOTT,THE ENTIRE FAMILY,AND CHURCH FAMILY OF. OHIO AND KENTUCKY YOU HAVE THE PATTON FAMILY CONDELENCES PASTOR ELLIOTT,WILL BE MISSED BUT NEVER FOR GOTTEN
EDNA PATTON
May 13, 2015
Praying for Lady Elliot and the entire body of Christ at Greater Bethal Church.
DeLondia Feaster
May 13, 2015