John Charles Elliott
By Wise Funeral Home
Jun 3, 2019
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Bonham, Texas -- Funeral services for John Charles Elliott, 65, of Bonham, Texas will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bonham, Texas, under the direction of Wise Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Stuart Courtney. Interment will follow at Fannin Memorial Gardens in Bonham, Texas. John passed away on May 31, 2019. He was born April 18, 1954 in Amarillo, TX to Richard Louis Elliott Sr. & Charlie Mae Pointer Elliott.

John Charles Elliott graced the world with his presence on April 18, 1954 to proud parents Richard L Elliott, Sr and Charlie Mae Pointer Elliott in Amarillo Texas. In 1968 after the loss of his mother at an early age of 14 years old, JC moved to his forever home of Bonham, Texas where he would meet the love of his life, Sherry L Givens.  JC dated and later married Sherry on Feb. 28, 1980.  John and Sherry blended their family of two daughters, Shuntai and Katina, then in 1987 they would later go on to have their rainbow baby, a daughter whom they named Shaterra. 

JC loved, protected and honored his family with all of his heart and soul.  He worked so very hard on multiple jobs to make sure we had everything that we needed to make sure we never went without.  He always made sure we were entertained and ate very well.  He woke up on Saturday mornings, opened the curtains and the windows, turned on his music and made everyone in the house wake up to clean. 

Some of JC greatest loves were spending time with his grandkids and his brother-in-law and very best friend, Bernie. He loved cooking, fishing, gardening and watching the Dallas Cowboys!

JC was the “CHEF” of the town, he would BBQ for different events for friends, family and just anyone that asked for his services.  He loved to fish, he actually had a pond that he stocked and would fish at often and allow friends to do so as well. His green thumb was the most immaculate of them all. He could grow anything.  I am sure many of you reading this have gotten something from his garden.  Last but not least, he was the Biggest, Boldest and most Loyal Dallas Cowboy fan to ever live.  He was their Ride or Die...So before he left this earth he said he wanted to make a game and we made sure that his wish was granted on Christmas Eve 2017. 

All of these hobbies were fulfilled daily after his retirement from the Bonham Fannin County Courthouse after 10.5 years of dedicated service, where he was known by many and loved and respected by all.  His journey here on earth was one well-traveled and enjoyed.  God decided to pick this budding flower on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 9:21 a.m.  He fought a good fight, led by example and served this life with gratitude and joy.  JC will now be with his parents, brother and other friends and family that preceded him in death. 

However, behind he leaves plenty of cherished memories with his devoted wife of 39 yrs, Sherry L. Elliott, his 3 children, Shuntai Palmer Woods (Charles Woods), Katina Givens-Walker (Curtis Walker), Shaterra La Vergne (Timothy La Vergne); 3 grandkids who he loved to no end, Nigal Palmer, Teagan La Vergne and Tailyn La Vergne; 2 great grandkids, Justice and Jorlyn; and 3 loving siblings Donna Elliott Smith, Melvin Dunlap, Donald Dunlap and Mildred Dickerson and so very many other family members and friends that loved and respected him for all of his giving and loving ways.  He will forever be in our hearts!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Louis Elliott Sr. & Charlie Mae Pointer Elliott; brother, Richard Louis Elliott Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Sherry LeEsther Elliott; three daughters, Shuntai Palmer Woods and husband Charles of Bonham, Katina Givens-Walker and husband Curtis of Arlington, TX and Shaterra La Vergne and husband Timothy of Bonham; three grandchildren,  Nigal Palmer, Teagan La Vergne and Tailyn La Vergne; two great-grandchildren,  Justice Palmer and Jorlyn Palmer; two sisters, Donna Elliott Smith of Bonham and Mildred Dunlap Dickerson and husband Donald of Sherman; three brothers, Melvin Dunlap and wife Kim of Sherman, Donald Dunlap and wife Karen DeSoto, TX and Kevin Elliott and wife Stormy of Bonham.;  aunt, Mary Mallett of Los Angeles, CA and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Elliott, Pete Mitchell, Mack Henry Walker, Bobby Ray Ross, Deshawn Elliott, David Smith Jr., Dra'vion Smith, Quintraveon Minter. Honorary pallbearers will be Delmer Traylor Sr., Jimmy Givens, Joe Clyde Dale, Nigal Palmer, Curtis Walker Sr., Timothy La Vergne II, Charles Woods, Robert Givens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital For Children, or 813-205-2719.

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