Friends and family pay homage to North San Juan man killed in accident |

Friends and family pay homage to North San Juan man killed in accident

With fond memories and abundant love, family members, friends and acquaintances of Greg Elliott bid him farewell at his memorial service today at the First Baptist Church on Ridge Road.

The sanctuary was packed with people, many of whom came to the pulpit and recalled their experiences with Elliott, who recently died in a traffic accident on Highway 49. Elliott, 54, was a resident of North San Juan.

Elliott’s pine wood casket ” made by his family and close friends ” stood in the chancel flanked by large bouquets of white and orange flowers.

Slender windows of vermilion, amber and chrome yellow glass, on the walls alongside the alter, glowed against the sun and filled the hall with warm, mellow light.

John Elliott, Greg Elliott’s brother, talked about his amiable and helpful nature.

“Greg welcomed everyone with a big smile and always helped everybody,” he said.

“He was a good man who blessed us in so many ways,” Russ Randall, Greg Elliott’s neighbor said.

With every speaker who came up on stage, the image of a man, cherished for his cordial nature, selflessness and family values, emerged through tear-choked words and brief anecdotes.

“My brother was a very compassionate person and he had a passion for life,” Evangeline Roberts, Greg Elliott’s sister, told The Union a few hours before the service. “He was very straightforward man and kept everyone’s confidence.

“If Greg teased you, you knew you were loved. He was always there for you,” Roberts added.

Roberts also mentioned that Greg Elliott regularly donated blood at the local blood bank.

“All we keep thinking is how blessed we were to have him in our lives,” Roberts said.

At the end of the service which lasted for a little over an hour, Greg Elliott’s casket was slowly wheeled out of the sanctuary for burial at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley.

As family and friends followed the casket, Greg Elliott’s favorite song called “The Dance” by Garth Brooks, filled the church.

“Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I’d of had to miss the dance,” the lyrics said.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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