CMSGT USAF JOHN's Story
LUELLA- John Merl Elkins went to be with his Lord on May 21, 2011, at Texas Health Presbyterian-WNJ. Services were held at 3 p.m., May 24, at Trinity Lighthouse Church in Denison.
Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman was in charge arrangements.
John was born April 20, 1930, at Joliet, Ill., son of John Marion and Harriet Rose Davison Elkins.
John was enlisted in the military for more than 26 years, retiring at Perrin Air Force Base.
John graduated with an associate’s degree in fine arts from Grayson County College, with bachelor of education and certified by Texas and Oklahoma as a high school teacher, and master of behavioral science and counseling degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Durant, Okla. He was a member of the faculty and staff administrator at Grayson County Community College in Denison. He was co-founder of the Perrin Field Historical Society, leading to the creation of the Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum.
He was also a life member of the National Guard Association of Texas, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Hella Shrine of Dallas, Phi Delta Kappa, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University Alumni. He was a member of Trinity Lighthouse Church in Denison.
Survivors include his wife, Erna Maye Huie, whom he married on June 24, 1950; three daughters, Carolyn Williams and husband John, Charla Edwards and husband Dennis and Cheryl Elkins and fiancé Dusty Miller; nine grandchildren, Amy Karyl Williams Lovelace, Sara Chumbley Stevens, Jamie Chumbley Khammash, Jessica Chumbley, and Jill Chumbley Puente (triplets), Ashlea Brown and Chase Brown and Cade and Halten Miller; two great-grandsons, Zachary Lovelace and Collin Stevens; and four great-granddaughters, Madisyn Lovelace, Avery Robertson, Kendall Stevens and Taylor Khammash.
General Elkins was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, including his twin brother.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Van Buskirk, Nurse Stefanie Riley, Social Worker Kiti (Kasey) Miller, Chaplain Rev. Sheryl Myers, patient care coordinator; medicine delivery, Donna Pack, Michelle Nash and all dedicated supporting caregivers of Grayson Home Hospice.
Family members request memorials be made in John’s name directly to home Hospice of Grayson County, P.O. Box 2306, Sherman, Texas 75091-2306, Trinity Lighthouse Church Youth Program, 2915 W. Spur 503, Denison, TX 75020 and/or The Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum, NTRA-Perrin Field, 435 McCullum Avenue, Denison, Texas 75020.
Online condolences may be made at www.waldofuneralhome.com or www.commercejournal.com.
Published on  May 27, 2011