Elrod, James Thomas -
Manchester - Funeral services for Mr. James Thomas Elrod, age 94 of Manchester, will be conducted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 1 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Mike Sellars officiating. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with military honors. Visitation with the Elrod family will begin at 11 AM on Tuesday at the funeral home, until time of service. Mr. Elrod passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at McArthur Manor in Manchester, TN.
James was born on December 8, 1922 in Silver Point, TN to the late George and Maude Kittrell Elrod. He served his country in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946. After receiving an honorable discharge, James attended Tennessee Tech as an undergraduate and was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. He furthered his education at the University of Kentucky where he graduated with his master’s degree. James was retired from AEDC in Tullahoma, TN; he was a member of the TN Walking Horse Breeders Association, which added to the love he had for horses. Along with his love for horses, he enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He was also a long-time member of the Lions Club of Manchester.
In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ola Faye Sides Elrod, who passed away in 2010; one brother, George Elrod; four sisters, Maude Keasling, Henry Elrod, Geraldine Elrod, and Fannie Vinson. He is survived by his son, Dr. James Thomas Elrod, Jr. (Margaret) of Old Hickory, and daughter, Karen Rutland (Neil) of New Mexico; and four grandchildren, Alan Elrod, Andy Elrod, Emily Petre (Ollie), and Amanda Rutland.
Dr. Elrod and the family would like to thank the staff at McArthur Manor for the wonderful care they extended to their loved one for the last two years.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the City of Manchester, Recreation Department, 557 N. Woodland Street, Manchester, TN 37355.
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Coffee County Funeral Chapel
786 McMinnville Hwy
Manchester, TN 37355