The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


July 13, 2006

Obituaries 7-14

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Earl Wayne Elrod Sr.

Earl Wayne Elrod Sr., 63, of Limestone County, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2006.

He was an employee of Northwest Airlines for 31 years before retiring in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lesa Jane Elrod; granddaughter, Kristin Renee Cox; father, Bill Elrod; and brother, David Elrod.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Essie Jane Elrod; son Earl Wayne Elrod Jr. and daughter-in-law Laura Bergstresser Elrod of Madison; and daughter Gina Renee Elrod of Toney. His grandsons are Austin Christopher Elrod and Tyler Scott Elrod Hilliard.

He is also survived by his mother, Marie Bowers Elrod and siblings, Charles Elrod and Tommy Elrod, both of Athens, Michelle Davis of Tallahassee, Fla., Roger Elrod of Athens, Allen Elrod of Tanner, and their families.

Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Madison Chapel Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Faith Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Joshua Robert Guthrie

A graveside service for Joshua Robert Wayne Guthrie, 19, of Elkmont, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Reunion Cemetery with Steve Ferguson officiating. Visitation will be from 6-9 tonight at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

Mr. Guthrie died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at his residence.

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