Paul W. Elkins Sr., 103
Paul W. Elkins Sr., 103 years old, was the 10th child born to John Mosley and Annie Eliza (Stubbs) Elkins in Yell County, Ark. His brothers and sisters were E.E., Allen, J.H., Ora, and John, all of whom died by one year old. Then came Mary Sue (John) Summers, Everett Clyde (Cleo) Elkins, Lillian Odessa (Roy) Anderson, Mattie Viola (Earl) Blackford.
As a young boy his mother ran the Elkins House Hotel in Atkins, Ark. and he had chores to do to help her out. A few years later they moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. in sight of Pike’s Peak. When he was a teenager they moved on through Texas, picking crops as they went and ended up in Henryetta, Okla., where he worked at the Eagle Picher Smelter, loading boxcars. There he met his first wife and the traveled to Bloomington, Ill., where he worked for the C and A Railroad bringing engines into the roundhouse.
Three children later they moved to Detroit where he went to work as a crane operator at the Ford Motor Company plant in Highland Park, Mich. Three more children were born during this time. When that plant closed he transferred to the Ford plant in Mt. Clemens, MI. He retired there in 1973 after 30 years on the job. In December of 1973 Paul and his wife retired to Boaz. A month later his wife passed away. He stayed on in Boaz gardening and raising chickens, pheasants, and a small pig that wandered into his yard. In 1976 he married a widow, Helen Walls, and he moved to Paducah.
On July 5th, 2013, at 1:10 a.m. Paul passed away at Parkview Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Victoria (Marge Dyspolski) Elkins; three sons, Theodore Lee, Paul W. Jr., and Robert E. Elkins; two daughters-in-law, Patricia L.(Malinowski) Elkins and Eva M. (Wilson) Elkins; one granddaughter; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.
He is survived by his second wife of 36 years, Helen (Walls) Elkins; two daughters, Dolores (Harry) Hinzman of Boaz and Patricia (John) Grauel of Livonia, Mich.; one son, Harold Elkins of Boaz; daughter-in-law, Joann Elkins of Paducah; one stepdaughter, Joann Young of Paducah; and one stepson, Ed Walls of West Paducah. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home with the Rev. F. Wayne Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Scotts Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Murray.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home. You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at www.milnerandorr.com.