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Edna O'Neal Elliott
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STATESVILLE – Edna O’Neal Elliott, 91, of Durham, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Autumn Care of Statesville. Born in Johnston County, Mrs. Elliott was the youngest daughter of the late Waylon Edgar and Ella Eason O’Neal. Edna was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Tilman Van Elliott. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Edgar O’Neal, Agnes O’Neal Brinkley, Martha Inez O’Neal Crabtree Pendergrass, and John O’Neal.

Edna is survived by a daughter, Carol Elliott King and husband Jack D. King of Statesville; and two grandchildren, Catherine Hope King and John Davis King.

Edna grew up in the O’Neal Township in Eastern North Carolina and moved to Durham in 1938 where she attended East Durham Jr High and Durham High School. After moving to Portsmouth, Va. for her Jr and Sr year, she graduated from Churchland High School in 1945. Upon returning to Durham, she met the love of her life, Tilman Elliott, on a blind date. Both claimed it was love at first sight. They enjoyed playing golf at Willowhaven Country Club. Edna and her golfing buddies, Doris, Betty, Hassel and Teenie spent many hours perfecting their game.

In her spare time, she worked at Smith Barney Harris Upham for 28 years until retirement to tend to her golf game and family. She is a member of Yates Baptist Church and taught Sunday School in the 3-4 yr old class for over 10 years. She also substituted at Hope Valley Elementary School. Edna moved to Statesville in 2002 to be close to her grandchildren. Known to all as “Mawmaw”, she enjoyed spending her later years with her family and their close friends.

The family would like to thank Bonnie Dalton, Sherry McClelland and Lauren Milwood for their loving care and friendship. Many thanks also go to the caregivers at Autumn Care and Hospice for sharing their love and laughter with her over the past two years.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Maplewood Cemetery, Durham. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Clements Funeral Home, Durham. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

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11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Graveside Service




1:00 PM
Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

Cemetery Details


Maplewood Cemetery

1621 Duke University Road
Durham, NC 27701

Memorial Contribution

Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County

2341 Simonton Road
Statesville, NC 28625

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