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John A. Elrod II, Major, USAF (Retired)May 03, 1949 – April 21, 2004
Obituary for John Elrod, II Ret. Major, U.S. Air Force
John A. Elrod, II, Ret. Major, U.S. Air Force, age 54, 807 Quail Ridge Court, Elizabethton died Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at his residence unexpectedly. A native of Greenville, TN., he had lived in Elizabethton and Johnson City area for the last 12 years. He was the son of the late John A. Elrod, Sr., and Alice Jean Mauk Elrod. He attended Grace Fellowship Church. He currently served as R.O.T.C. instructor at Unicoi County High School, he also taught (Special Education) for 10 years at Daniel Boone High School, and he had his Tennessee Certification to teach Special Education, Geography, and History.
Mr. Elrod was a retired Major from the U.S. Air Force, having served 20 years, during this time he attended Officer Training School, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College. He was a U.S. Air Force Helicopter Pilot/Training, U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot A-10/F-4, Instructor Pilot, Test Pilot, Standardization Officer, Chief Air Crew Training, Air Liaison Officer (Germany/U.S. Army), and Fighter Duty Officer, (Korea/U.S. Army) . He had a B.S. degree and a M.A. degree Education (Special Ed.) from East Tennessee State University, and a M.S. degree in Management from University of Arkansas. He also was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Survivors include his wife, Deborrah Curtis Elrod, of the home, two sons, Lt. JG. Johnathon W. Elrod, U.S. Navy, Oak Harbor, Washington, Jason Elrod, Johnson City, one brother and sister-in-law, David and Laura Elrod, Jonesboro, Ark., two nephews, George and John Elrod, one sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Charles Geiger, Orange, CA, one step-son and spouse, Curtis and Stephanie Armstrong, Elizabethton, one step granddaughter, Reagan Armstrong, Elizabethton.
The graveside and interment will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004 at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Art Webb officiating. Full military honors to be accorded by Shaw Air Force Base Honor Guard, Sumter, SC. Everyone will meet at the funeral home chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends at Tetrick Funeral Home Elizabethton on Saturday, April 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. or at the residence 807 Quail Ridge Court, Elizabethton anytime. On line condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com Tetrick Funeral Home Elizabethton 423-542-2232
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December 13, 2013 at 02:46 AMYour forever in my thoughts there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you and next year will be 10 years since I sat in a classroom with you at UCHS. I remember the hell you gave me but with that it made me a stronger person and going on 10 years I finally finished what you started for me and I finally have that peace of mind and closure…thank you major for everything you helped me with for inspiring me and for being my real life hero…R.I.P sir.~Jairo Garcia
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