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Timothy Ray Elledge

September 24, 1961 — August 31, 2023

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Timothy Ray Elledge of Tulsa OK was born in Nowata OK on Sept. 24th 1961 to Raymond Paul Elledge & Linda L. Barnes  Elledge.  He passed away on Aug, 31st. 2023 at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, Ok. after fighting a 3 ½ month hospital stay battling to many health issues to overcome.

He grew up in Nowata receiving his education there and Tri County Tech in Bartlesville.  He played in the Nowata Ironman Band and participated in the sports program.  He was active in the Nowata County 4H program winning many blue ribbons for his projects. He achieved a first place win in the state 4H Public Speaking contest when he spoke on “Gun Safety and Responsible Ownership”. As a child and teen ager he loved the family & friends boating and lake adventures. He enjoyed his participation in Boy Scouts from his early years and played Little League Baseball from 5 yrs old through his sophomore year. In school   he especially loved his woodworking class taught by Mr. Ed Creech.  He made several furniture items that are still being used and enjoyed by his family today. His ability and love of working with wood came to him naturally from his maternal grandfather William R. Barnes, who encouraged and helped him develop his talents that formed his career as a sought after Trim Carpenter in the Tulsa area. He enjoyed that work until a massive heart attack in 2017 forced an early retirement from the field that brought him so much pride and joy. Throat cancer in 2021 caused him to continue to decline and limit his life activities.

He married Betty Sue McGowan in Nowata and had a son, Jeremy Paul Elledge. He married Kimberly Scott in Tulsa, Ok. and they had a son, Justin William Elledge. He married Kay Owens in Nowata.  He then met and married the love of his life,Carol Eubanks Buker in Nowata and had two bonus sons Adam & Jason Buker.

He is survived by his wife Carol of 30 years, father, Raymond Paul Elledge, mother, Linda L. Lilburn and step father James Lilburn. Sister, Teresa Jo Standeford (Butch), Son, Jeremy Paul Elledge, Grandchildren, Aurora Dawn Elledge, Kylie Ann Elledge, Justin William Elledge, Jr. and Justine Whitney Elledge. Nephew, Levi Standeford, his wife Treasure and their daughters Jadyn, Jyntri & Michelle Shrum (Bobby) great greatnephews, Dawsyn & Hudson Shrum. Step sisters and brother, Tammy McDaniels, Ronda McDaniel, Lynn Wesson, Lori White & John Lilburn. Special cousins, Allan & Mark Walker, Doak Elledge.

He was predeceased by his son, TSgt. Justin William Elledge, maternal grandparents, W.R. Barnes and Ossie Barnes Street, paternal grandparents, Pete & Louella Elledge. Uncles, Larry Barnes and Jim Elledge  Aunt Francis Walker and special cousin, Bobby Walker & Rusty Elledge.

He and Carol were members of the Ridge Crest Baptist Church in East Tulsa. He was raised in the Christian faith and practiced this by being a very caring and giving person.  He was always concerned with the homeless and would give them his last dollar to help them with their needs. He had a great compassion for animals and no stray animal would be turned away from their property. If unable to find them a good home, they would receive a name and become a part of their ever growing pet family, to live out their life being cared for and loved.

His services will be at 1:00 Thursday Sept. 7th in the First Christian Church, 211 S. Pine St., Nowata.

Visitation will be Wed. from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at the Benjamin Funeral Home in Nowata

Those who wish may make donations in Tim’s name to a cause very dear to him, Tulsa Animal Welfare, Attn: Sherri Carrier, 3031 N. Erie Ave., Tulsa OK 74115. These will be used to care for the needs of dogs and cats to prevent them from being euthanized.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Benjamin Funeral Services

114 W Cherokee Ave, Nowata, OK 74048

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

First Christian Church of Nowata

211 S Pine St, Nowata, OK 74048

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