Valdosta Daily Times

Obituaries

November 28, 2012

Dr. Chauncey Stephen Elkins, Jr.

VALDOSTA — Dr. Chauncey Stephen Elkins, Jr.,  89, died at home on Nov. 25, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. His wife of 42 year, Pam (Postle) Elkins was at his bedside.

He was born in Huntington, W. Va. on July 22, 1923, the son of Chauncey S. Elkins, Sr. and Alice (Owens)  Elkins.  He was predeceased by his first wife of 25 years, Betty (Pennywitt) Elkins and his son, Stephen Edward Elkins of Deland, who died of cancer in 2010, a sister, Orlena Ray and two brothers, Charles and Fred.

In addition to his wife Pam, he is survived by his daughter Dr. Sharon Elkins of Natick, Ma., a professor at Wellesley College; four sisters-Kathryn Messinger, Mary Alice Bowman (Orrin), Wilma Yeager (Ed), Wanda Colegrove and one brother-Herbert Elkins (Harvalee).  

Chauncey graduated from Huntington High in 1942 and was employed by the FBI in Washington, DC until he entered the US Army Air Corps in 1943. After the B-24 in which he served as the tail gunner was shot down in the Pacific Ocean, he drifted for days before being rescued , then spent 18 months in military hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart. This September he was fortunate to be on the final Volusia Honor Air flight to Washington DC for WW2 veterans.

Chauncey graduated from Marshall College in 1950, earned a MBA from University of Michigan in 1951 and then his PhD from LSU. He taught Business Administration for 47 years in colleges and Universities  (Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester, NY, Thiel College in Greenville, PA., Stetson University, Deland, Fla., Valdosta State University in Georgia and Thomas College in Thomasville, Ga.) always entering a classroom wearing a coat and tie.  Upon retirement from Valdosta State University, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by the University of Georgia Board of Regents.

In 1998 he moved with his wife Pam to Ormond Beach. He loved gardening and golf and in earlier years fishing and softball.

A member of St. James Episcopal Church, he sang in the choir with Pam and was a devoted parishioner who knew, loved and served the Lord.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 -11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 44 S. Halifax, Ormond Beach followed by interment in Oakdale Cemetery, Deland, Fla.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorial be made to Florida Hospital Hospice Care, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach 32174 or St. James Episcopal Church.

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