He was born on October 18, 1942, in Long Branch, WV, the seventh of nine children to James Eugene Elliott and Thelma Grace Arthur Elliott. He attended Mt. Hope Elementary and High Schools, then enlisted in the Air Force at age 17.
After 4 years in the Air Force, he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic in Washington, DC, where he met his wife, Marilyn. They made their home in Elizabethton for 47 years.
He worked with his brothers for National Pools, where they built some of the country’s largest commercial pools. He was a master carpenter, building and remodeling many homes, including local rental cabins and his family home. He was a farmer for 35 years, working with his wife, his son, and his father in law, Bill Allen. He continued farming until his death.
He was a self-taught musician and enjoyed a lifetime of playing music with his siblings. He loved woodworking, building anything from toy boxes to hand made horse buggies. He was also an experienced horseman and had a lifelong passion for horseback riding.
Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn June Allen Elliott, 4 children: Lee Elliott, (Elizabethton), Loretta Elliott, Jeannie Elliott, (Johnson City), and Scott Elliott (Elizabethton); 4 grandchildren: Jordan Elliott (Johnson City), Jayla Elliott (Elizabethton), Kamelia Ahmed (Saudi Arabia), and Theodore (Teddy) Elliott (Elizabethton); 2 great grandchildren: Adam Mohamed & Jaylon Elliott; 2 brothers: James Ronald Elliott and Alexander Hamilton Elliott; a special sister in law, Anne VanHuss; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Eugene Elliott (1968), and Thelma Grace Arthur Elliott (1981); 6 brothers and 1 sister, George Arthur Elliott, (2002), Franklin R. Elliott, (2007), Robert Gaylen Elliott, (2014), Loretta Louise Elliott Carter (2017), Jack Corbet Elliott, (2019), and Norman Lee Elliott, (2019)
There will be a Celebration of Life on May 31, 2020, at 2:00 PM at 2303 Siam Rd, Elizabethton, TN 37643. There will also be a ZOOM conference available for anyone who prefers to attend remotely. Please contact Loretta Elliott for details regarding the ZOOM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude’s Hospital or The Shriner’s Hospital, in his name. Condolences may be sent to the family at our web-site www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Elliott family.