WHITE HALL — James Franklin Elkins, 82, of White Hall went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 27, 2013.
He was born June 8, 1931 in White Hall to the late Joseph Sr. and Ollie Blasingame Elkins. James graduated from White Hall School in 1951 and was a member of First Baptist Church-White Hall. He retired from AP&L after 35 years of service.
James Franklin Elkins was a United States Army Veteran who served in the Korean War for 15 months as a Communications Specialist. He completed his basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif. where he trained for the Army during the day and competed against his fellow soldiers in boxing matches at night. He was a member of the VFW Amon Truman Kyzer Post 8277 in White Hall.
James “Frank” Elkins worked all his life since returning from the War to raise money for Veterans of Foreign Wars. Many people remember how he would have a small table set up at Walmart, Cranfords and other businesses selling raffle tickets with all proceeds going to the VFW in White Hall, Ark. When there was money to be raised, Frank Elkins was the man they could depend on to get the job done. He was born in White Hall and has proudly served his city and his country all of his life. One of his favorite things to do was to support his alma mater the White Hall Bulldogs. Before his health started failing, you could find him at all of the games cheering for his team. For several years he enjoyed helping to organize the White Hall School reunions and never missed one until last year when his health would not allow him to attend. It meant so much for him that several of his fellow classmates came to visit him in the nursing home during the reunion so that he could still visit them.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Vera Mae Hughes Elkins, whom he married March 24, 1961 ad was happily married for over forty-eight years; brothers, Earl, Charles, Eugene, and Joseph Jr.; sisters, Verda Mae Pearce, Leila Coward, Viola Reed, Lottie Mae Cole, Mary Shults, Marie Lawrence, and Bessie Elkins.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday n the chapel of Cranford Funeral Home with Reverend Allen Elkins officiating. The pallbearers will be; Jeff Ewell, David Shults, Wayne Shults, Derrick Shults, mark Stanfield and Albert Barbaree.
Visitation will be From 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family will be at 5624 Shults Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to:
Pleasant Home Church Youth Building Fund, 5624 Shults Rd. Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603.
Funeral arrangements will be by Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall(www.cranfordfh.com).