Clifford Elkins, age 94, of Raleigh passed on to be with his heavenly Father on Friday, March 27, 2015. He was living in the Stewart Healthcare Center at the Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh.
Mr. Elkins was born in Perry County, Mississippi on September 6, 1920 to John Elder Elkins and Dicey Graham Elkins. He was one of eight children. He was married to Juanita Ball Elkins for sixty seven years until her death in 2009. He is survived by his daughter Cecelia Ann Elkins of Raleigh and son Clifford Terry Elkins of Bridgehampton, NY; grandchildren Kelly Evans Thomas, husband John Thomas, Norman Brent Evans and Lorin Evans Banks, husband Mitchell Banks; great grandchildren Laura Ann Thomas, Joshua Thomas and Malcomb Hughes Banks; sisters Florence Campbell and Marie Walley of Long Beach, Mississippi.
Mr. Elkins served his country during WWII in the US Army and was honorably discharged as First Sergeant. With a degree in Law he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. He later received his degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft Worth, Texas and a Bachelor in Business Admistration from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He worked for First Baptist Church Lumberton, NC, First Baptist Church, Winston Salem, NC, Second Baptist Church, Houston Texas, University Baptist Church in Ft. Worth Texas and last as a trust officer for the Baptist Foundation of Texas in Dallas. Mr. Elkins was also considered one of the pioneers in Church Business Administration He was the third President of the National Association of Church Business Administrators which is now over fifty years old. Mr Elkins was an Adjunct Professor in Church Business Administration at the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri and published over twenty-five articles in his field.
He was well liked by many, an optimist, enjoyed family, friends, golf, traveling and helping others. Above all he was devoted to his faith and belief in God
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The Family will receive friends at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 2. A private funeral service will be held at Raleigh Park Memorial and Mausoleum Friday, April 3 at 10am with a memorial service at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, at 11am with Pastor, Dr. David Hailey presiding. Condolences may be made online at www.MitchellatRMP.com