Services for Mr. Thomas Alvin "Slim" Elkins, 90, of Sarepta will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in the New Sarepta Baptist Church with Bro. Marty Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Minden Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill.
Visitation will be at Bailey Funeral Home, Springhill, from 5 until 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 5.
Slim graced this world on August 7, 1923, in Minden. Growing up in Athens, Slim was an active child and had many hobbies that became lifelong pastimes that included farming, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with friends and family. He graduated from Athens High School in 1940. He continued his education at Northwestern University where he entered the school of education. He played in the first National VFW Basketball tourney in addition to the unofficial first and second all-tourney teams selected by Bobby Harris.
He completed business at American Business College in 1941. His college career was interrupted when Uncle Sam called him up in April of 1944. He proudly served in the 6th Division, Company A Infantry of World War II as PFC until April of 1946. He returned home and went to work for International Paper Company where he met the love of his life, Alpha Mae Love. They married Oct 2, 1948.
In September of 1950, he was called back to serve his nation with the 5th Armored Division of the United States Army in the Korean conflict as a Tech Sergeant in the artillery unit. During this conflict, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wound received on April 6,1945 on Luzon, Asia Pacific Campaign ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, GO #108 Hq 1st Inf 1 Sept 45, Victory Ribbon, 2 Overseas Service Bars.
After returning home, he went back to International Paper Company where after 37 years of service he retired. Life was filled with fishing at the creek, hunting, camping with friends, dancing the night away and telling stories of the past to his kids and grandkids. He was a loyal friend to all who knew him.
Mr. Elkins is preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Alpha Mae Love Elkins; infant son, Thomas Daniel Elkins; granddaughter, Beckie Padgett; grandson, Shannon Elkins; great-grandsons, Shane Elkins, DeeWayne Padgett and Hunter Pipes; his parents, Thomas Pierce and Vera McDow Elkins; and sister, Avis Elkins Norris.
Slim is survived by one son, Charles Wayne Elkins of Shreveport; three daughters, Sandra Booth of McNeil, Ark., Katherine Ketchens of Sarepta and Charlotte Garza and husband, Danny of Sarepta; one sister, Rachel Patterson of Minden; sister-in-law, Gracie Love of Taylor, Ark.; brother-in-law, Ralph Norris of Bossier; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephew.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to the Children's Home or New Sarepta Baptist Church.