Elton Eugene Remington, 81, of Cleveland, Georgia, died on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Athens, Georgia, following a prolonged illness.
He was born to Cecil and Opal Remington on March 5, 1938, at San Mateo, California. The family moved to Missouri, then to Arkansas, where Elton spent his early years, except during World War II, when his dad was stationed with the Army Air Corps at Lubbock, Texas. After the war, the family returned to Arkansas. While his family lived in the East End community near Little Rock, Elton accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized in a small lake near their home.
After the family moved to Prairie Grove, Elton left home as a teenager and worked on ranches in northwest Nebraska, falling in love with the Nebraska Sand Hills. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 5, 1954, and after basic training was deployed to service in South Korea. Upon his discharge from the Army on July 15, 1956, he rejoined his family, then living at Ukiah, California. There, he entered high school with the intention of earning a diploma. However, when he didn’t fit in with the high school students, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Alaska. Following his discharge from the Air Force on August 28, 1959, he returned to Ukiah, where he managed a service station. He later located to Reno, Nevada, where he established a carpet cleaning business before beginning a long-distance truck driving career, to which he devoted most of his life, based mostly from northwest Arkansas.
On July 4, 1964, Elton married Barbara Jeanette Murstaffa Cole at Prairie Grove, Arkansas, taking on the new role of dad to Phillip Cole and Paula Cole. Following daughter Paula’s marriage, Elton and Barbara moved to Alabama and then to Georgia, where he drove a truck and worked in the shop of the trucking business of his daughter Paula and David Sullens. He and Barbara also at times lived near family in the Cabool, Missouri, area.
Among his greatest loves was family, especially his son and daughter and the addition of her three sons. As the grandsons matured Elton enjoyed working in the shop and driving with them, as they came of age.
Elton was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his son Phillip Cole, by his parents, his older brother Orliff Remington and brother-in-law Bill LaMar.
He is survived by his daughter Paula and David Sullens and families of Cleveland, Georgia; John, Kathy, Marquis and Priscilla, by Josh and Renee, and Ryan, Charli and Levi. Also surviving are brothers Myron Remington (Valerie) of Elgin, Texas, and Aaron Remington (Mary) of Casper, Wyoming, and two sisters, Frances Rich (J.E.) of Elk Creek, Missouri, and LaRee LaMar of Springfield, Missouri, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Bible Church on Bethany Drive off Highway H, Elk Creek, Missouri.