Jerry Allen Elliott

August 24, 1940 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Jerry Elliott Obituary

Jerry Allen Elliott, 83, of Herrin, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born August 24, 1940, in Herrin, to General Jackson and Dorothy (Hindman) Elliott. He was one of eight children. Jerry married Violet Arlene Nation on November 12, 1960, at Energy Baptist Church. They shared 63 wonderful years together, always saying that they were “rich in love”.

Jerry served in the Army as an active-duty soldier and in the National Guard for a total of 2 years. While in the service, he earned the U.S. Army Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. He also volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Marion for four years.

Following his military service, Jerry was a dragline operator at the Forsythe Coal Mine, retiring after 23 years. In 1993, he began an auto mechanic business, Elliott’s Garage. He owned and operated the business for many years.

Jerry was strong in his faith. He was an active member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville, where he served as a deacon. For many years, he led weekly church service at Mattingly’s Nursing Home. Jerry volunteered much of his time to natural disaster relief, as part of his church’s “Chain Gang”. The Chain Gang traveled around the country to help restore areas impacted by natural disasters. He also volunteered at the local Meals on Wheels program, helping to deliver meals to seniors at their homes. Jerry also led prayer at family meals and holidays, something that is certainly cherished by those he loved the most.

Jerry was a family man. He supported his children and grandchildren in all their interests, whether that was football games, basketball games, dance recitals, or flag team competitions. He worked hard and always kept busy with a project. He enjoyed working on trucks, being outdoors, riding tractors, deer hunting, and watching NASCAR. Jerry never met a stranger. He loved cracking jokes and telling stories. Jerry always had a smile on his face, and so did every person he encountered.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Arlene Elliott; children, Tracey Elliott, Todd Elliott, and Terri (Kent) Smith; grandchildren, Brandon Switzer, Elisabeth Elliott, Cecily Smith, and Elliott Smith; brother, George (Francis) Elliott; sister, Rosamary (Charles) Robinson; sister-in-law, Doris Elliott; brother-in-law, Art Woodcock; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, General Jackson and Dorothy Elliott; brothers, infant Richard Elliott, Douglas Elliott, and Jack Elliott; and sisters, Deanie (Clyde) Dillman and Diann Woodcock.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Carterville, with Revs. Daryl Varble and Richard Reed officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the church. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Shoe Box Ministry for Kids at Grand Avenue Baptist Church or to the church itself.

Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville is in charge of arrangements. 

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February 3, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Grand Avenue Baptist Church
116 W. Grand Avenue
Carterville, IL 62918

Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

1:00 PM
Grand Avenue Baptist Church
116 W. Grand Avenue
Carterville, IL 62918


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