Ira Elliott Jr. lovingly known as “Buddy” was born in Dubach, LA. on August 20,1937 to the late Ira Elliott Sr and Lealor Smith Halton. He was raised by his maternal grandparents the late Steve and Jennie O’ Guinn Smith in Mt. Holly, AR. The Lord called him home on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, AR surrounded by his family.
He joined New Hope Baptist Church at an early age and remained a member until his passing. He was educated in the New Hope School district in Mt. Holly AR. He always looked forward to the New Hope school reunions so he could fellowship and reminisce with his childhood schoolmates. He enjoyed supporting and cheering on the local schools’ basketball and football teams.
Buddy was a unique class of people who loved God’s great outdoors and working with his hands. This led to a lifelong career in the farming and construction field. Psalm128:2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.
He worked for Walter F. Smith Farm for over 40 years and Jerry Hegwood Construction until his health began to fail.
Psalm 18:22Whosoever findeth a wife findeth a good thing.
On February 3, 1962 he was united in holy matrimony to Jeanette Gordon. To this union four children were born. “To have and to hold till death do us part”.
Ira’s relatives that passed before him are brother Albert Halton and special aunt and uncle John and Irene Elliott.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal’ Gone from our sight but never from our hearts, He leaves to cherish beautiful memories his wife of 59 years Jeanette Elliott, one son Reginald Elliott of Shreveport LA, three daughters Cynthia Ervin of Mt. Holly, Sophia Broadnax (Michael) of Arlington, TX, Bridgette Harris (Michael) of Katy, TX.
Nine grandchildren Brandon Harris (Chelsea), Brad Hall (Angela), Saxton Hall, Chelsey Harris, Marty Harris, Jordan Harris, Justin Ervin, Jasmine Ervin, Michael Ervin, Ja’Kayon Ervin.
Eight great-grandchildren Aaliyah Harris, Cassidy Harris, Brooklyn Harris, Charley Harris, Brandon Harris Jr, Aubrey Hall, Arial Powell, Aniya Powell.
Three sisters Vivian Halton of Buffalo, NY, Brenda Clark of Atlanta, Georgia. Helen Marie McNeil of Atlanta, Georgia. Special cousins John and Darnell Elliott of Mt. Holly.
Four brothers-in-law Tommy Gordon (Bobbie), George Gordon, Leon Gordon (Sharon), Orlando Gordon
Six sisters-in-law Margaret Highsmith (Fred), Mattie Goodwin, Beatrice Sidney, Inez Stith, Lavern Gordon, Cassandra Fernandez (Larry).
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