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Jackie Leon Elkins
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
November 15, 2011
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

TAHLEQUAH Services for Jackie Leon Elkins will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Reed Culver Funeral Home, with Rev. James Graham and Shana Dry of the First United Methodist Church officiating.

Visitation will be held at Reed-Culver Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from noon until 8 p.m. Interment will follow at Pettit Bay Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.

Pall bearers for Jackie include Jesse Dry, Derek Dry, Walter Shamel, Brody Kellerhals, Josh Warner and Jimmy Utley. Honorary pall bearers include Donny Shamel, Jay Elkins, Carl Morrow, Stanton Walker, Jon Parson, James Parson, Richard Moreno and Chris Dinoia.

Jackie Leon Elkins was born Dec. 8, 1947, in Park Hill, the son of James and Eunice (Mason) Elkins. Jackie attended school at Pettit Bay School, which is now Keys school district.

On Aug. 18, 1984, Jackie took Pamela Jane Dry as his beautiful wife at the Union Gospel Church of Tahlequah. Jackie worked as a plant operator at Tahlequah Public Works Water Plant for 29 years.

When Jackie retired from the water plant he enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, collecting arrowheads and watching old westerns on television. The best time for Jackie was the time he could spend with his wife and children and his family.

Jackie felt very blessed to have such a wonderful family, and he loved to visit with all of them. Jackie was a very kind and thoughtful man and always put his wife and children first.

The Lord called Jackie home on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 in Park Hill, with his loving wife by his side. Jackie was 63 years old.

Jackie was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, John Elkins; and two very good friends, Jerry and John Hale. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Pam of the home; and his five adored children, Liberty Elkins of the home, Derek Dry and his wife Christina of Locust Grove, Bridgett Dry and spouse Richard Moreno of Tahlequah, Jesse Dry and wife Kerri of Tahlequah, and Summer Dry of Park Hill; and his grandchildren, Nevaeh, Destiny and Aubrie Moreno of Tahlequah, Justice Dry, John Garmer, Jasmine Dry and Jack Dinoia of Park Hill, and Marcus Dry of Locust Grove. Jackie loved his grandchildren dearly and always looked forward to spending time with them.

Since Retirement Jackie has enjoyed time with his brothers and sisters, Yvonne Shamel and husband Donny of Park Hill, Jay Elkins and wife Carol of Park Hill, Mary Jane Wilson and husband David of Park Hill, Virginia Doyle of Tahlequah and Linda Parson of Tahlequah.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

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