Rev. Ralph W. Elkins, Sr., the son of the late James T. and Dovie Merriman Elkins, was born in Anna, Ill., on July 4, 1920, and died on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at the John J. Pershing Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff at the age of 83.
Mr. Elkins was a former resident of Chicago, Ill., and Michigan. He had lived in Dexter the past thirty years. He had served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.
On Dec. 6, 1945, he was married to Beulah M. Mitchell in Piggott, Ark.
He is survived by his wife, Beulah M. Elkins, of Dexter; three sons, Ralph W. Elkins, Jr., of Eau Claire, Mich., Joseph W. Elkins, Sr. of Ward, Ark., and James O'Dell Elkins of Dowagiac, Mich.; one daughter, Shirley Diane Bockelman of Cabot, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Elkins of Mystic, Conn., and John Elkins of Anna, Ill.; and one sister, Mildred Dunham of Ballwin.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Jim Eskew of Bertrand officiating.
Interment followed in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden with full military honors conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard of Poplar Bluff.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter was in charge of all arrangements.