The Obit For David Elliott

David W. Elliott
Oct. 31, 1928 — Sept. 9, 2009, Sept 10, 2009

David Wesly Elliott, 80, Bedford, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at his residence.

He was born Oct. 31, 1928, in St. Bernice, the son of Zack and Fern (Clark) Elliott. He married Judy Turner on June 24, 1953, in Longview, Texas, and she survives.

He was owner and operator of Elliott Stone Co. in Bedford, along with his wife Judy.

He was a graduate of Shawswick High School with the class of 1947. Following high school he played baseball with the farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as a left-handed pitcher.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving in Germany.

He owned Elliott Masonry Contracting, later becoming a partner in Meredith Stone Co., fabricators of Indiana Limestone. He designed and patented a saw to develop an underground quarry.

In 1987 at the Stone Expo in Atlanta, Ga., he was awarded the first Stone World Technological Achievement Award for being the most innovative quarrier in North America. In 1988, Gov. Robert Orr presented him with the Sagamore of the Wabash honor.

He served on the Bedford Parks Board under three mayors — Hauck, Harp and Williams — serving as president several years. He helped to establish the Bedford Recreation Foundation during this time. He served on the board of directors of the Thornton Memorial Boys Club.

He was a Sunday school teacher for several years and a youth sponsor, with his wife Judy, for eight years at the First Christian Church in Bedford. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a member of the Bedford Elks Club.

He won the Bedford City Golf Championship in 1960. He was presented the Bedford Recreation Association’s Citizen’s Recognition Award in 2008. He and his family were honored as the grand marshals of the 2009 Limestone Heritage Festival Parade. Along with his family, he was presented the Thomas Middleton Award from Stone Belt in August 2009.

During the winter months, he lived in Naples, Fla.

Surviving with his wife Judy of Bedford; his children, Brian (Robin) Elliott, Laura Shaw, and Jennifer (Ralph) Morgan, all of Bedford, and Cynthia (Wayne) Allbright of Bloomington; grandchildren, Mason Elliott and Derrick Elliott of Bedford, Emily (Jeremy) Shaw Carter of Mitchell, Alan Shaw of New York City, Joshua Morgan, Cynthia Morgan, Jessica Morgan, and Kristen Morgan, all of Bedford; stepgrandchildren, Kyle Allbright and Casey Allbright, both of Bloomington; great-grandchildren, Zade Carter and Zoey Carter, both of Mitchell; brother, Joe (Johanna) Elliott of Bedford; sister, Mary (Jim) Aliano of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Janie (Turner) (Philip) Newton of Columbus; nieces, Shirley Elliott, San Antonio, Texas, Lorett (Dave) Hunt, LaGrange, Texas, Julie Elliott, Bedford, Tangie (Jim) Jarrad, Bonita Springs, Fla., Margie Riley and Sally Nezam, both of Kingwood, Texas, Jamie (Dave) Hill, Mount Juliet, Tenn., Judy Enderle, Rogers, Ark., Connie (George) Hester, Bryan, Texas,, Kitty (John) Ripley, Austin, Texas, and Alicia Allen, Cincinnati; nephews, Larry (Rhoda) Elliott, Danville, Jerry (Lindsey) Elliott, Phoenix, Ariz., Mike Elliott, Bedford, Tim Elliott, Greenwood, Joey (Sherri) Elliott, Bedford, Tommy (Laura) Elliott, Bloomington, Doug Aliano and Greg Aliano, both of Owensburg, Kevin Aliano, Evansville, Vincent Aliano, Springville, Stephen (Susan) Pease and Mark Pease, both of Columbia, Mo., James Pease, Hannibal, Mo., Andy (Pam) Pease, Naples, Fla., Geoffrey (Cappy) Pease, Columbia, Mo., and Jason (Sharon) Newton, Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zack and Fern Elliott; brothers, John (Cleo) Elliott, Herb Elliott, James (Phyllis) Elliott, Benny (Helen) Elliott, Howard Elliott, and Larry Elliott; sister-in-law, Harriett (Turner) (Chuck) Pease; brother-in-law, Tom Turner; niece, Karen (Bob) Crulo; and nephews, John (Wanda) Elliott, Steve Elliott, and Benny Joe Elliott.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the church.

Services are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.