OBITUARY

A. V. Elliott Jr.

26 October , 192817 April , 2019

Longtime Mercer University trustee, donor, and alumnus A.V. Elliott passed away on April 17, 2019 at the age of 90. A Celebration of Life will be held at Newton Chapel (Mercer University campus) on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. with Dr. William Underwood officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Designated parking with shuttle service will be provided.

A 1956 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Elliott was a committed and generous supporter of the University. He was serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.

Elliott was secretary and treasurer of Elliott Machine Shop Inc., a 100-employee company he founded in Macon in 1975, beginning with only five employees. He was previously founding director of Rivoli Bank of Macon and a research and development engineer for Bibb Manufacturing Company.

Elliott was active in the local community, serving terms as chair of the Mayor’s Committee for Cost-Effective Government; vice-chair of the Macon Chamber of Commerce; founding director of the Macon Economic Development Committee; founding member of the Macon Industrial Roundtable and the Committee for Macon’s Future; and a member of the MedCen Foundation Board, Macon Vocational-Technical Foundation Board and Macon Vocational–Technical Advisory Board. He was a member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church and Christian Living Sunday school class.

He served two appointments from Governor Zell Miller as chair of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority and as a member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Board.

A member of the Mercer President’s Club, Elliott provided the University with a $1 million dollar gift in November 2012 to endow the A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas. Elliott, who majored in both Christianity and history at Mercer, attributed much of his success to his ability to think critically at important moments, a skill he honed in his humanities courses.

He also gifted the University with the Elliott Bell Tower at the Five Star Football and Lacrosse Complex in February 2013. The bell rings before each home football game as a call for fans to enter the stadium and after each Bears’ score and victory.

His most recent commitment was for the new undergraduate sciences building, Godsey Science Center, on the Macon campus. In recognition of his support, the University named the area framed by the new sciences building, the School of Medicine and School of Engineering buildings and the Willet Science Center as the A.V. Elliott Science Quadrangle. In 2013, he was honored with the Mercer University Meritorious Service Award.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Glennda Elliott; daughter Sylvia (George) Damour; son, Stanley Elliott; grandchildren, Chris Cranford, Bridgett Elliott, and Randall Elliott; step-children, Sam Gandy and Hannah (John) Fleckenstein; step-grandchildren, Christian and Carson Gandy, Olivia and Riley Fleckenstein; and several nieces and nephews. A.V. was preceded in death by two sons, Randall and Vance Elliott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Mercer University or the MedCen Foundation at 858 High Street, Macon, GA. 31201.

Visit snowscs.com to express condolences.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Glennda K. Elliott, Wife
  • Sylvia (George) Damour, Daughter
  • Stanley Elliott, Son
  • Randall Elliott, Son
  • Vance Elliott, Son
  • Chris Cranford, Grandson
  • Bridgett Elliott, Granddaughter
  • Randall Elliott, Grandson
  • Sam Gandy, Step-son
  • Hannah (John) Fleckenstein, Step-daughter
  • Christian Gandy, Step-grandchild
  • Carson Gandy, Step-grandchild
  • Olivia Fleckenstein, Step-grandchild
  • Riley Fleckenstein, Step-grandchild
  • DONATIONS

  • Mercer University, Advancement Office
  • MedCen Foundation

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, 22 April , 2019
  • Visitation - Following the Service Monday, 22 April , 2019

Memories

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Glenda & Robert Hobbs

24 April 2019

Sylvia & Stanley, we were so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was the pastor who married us almost 58 years ago at Clear Creek Baptist Church. My parents (Glenn & Louise Brooks) loved him as well as your mom and all you kids. He was a good man and from reading his obituary he has left a very favorable imprint on your community. May your cherished memories and God’s blessings help you get through this rough time.

Our love,
Glenda & Robert Hobbs

Joyce Mitchum

23 April 2019

Stanley, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I was unaware of it until today. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time and going forward.

Robert Lockwood

22 April 2019

Heaven received a very special angle in Mr.A.V.Elliott. He was kind and nice. He was caring he cared about his workers.
He was sweet friendly. My prayer with his family. He will be greatly missed. He was loved by all

Buck Smith

21 April 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. God’s blessings on you and your family.
With Heartfelt Sympathy!
Buck and Barbara Smith

Melissa Williamson

21 April 2019

I am sorry to hear about A. V. He was a great man. My dad Charles Johnson was working for Elliott Machine Shop for over 40 years and he was so good to my dad and he was loyal to him. A.V. and my dad are together and talking to each other in Heaven. Their families are in my thoughts and prayers

Rebecca Donahue

20 April 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Patrica Arwood

20 April 2019

A kind and gentle man. It was a joy to see him and talk with him
He cared very much for my brother, Johnny Ryles. Johnny worked for A. V many times. He always could look beyond a person and see the good in them.
I will never forget his compassion and tears when he would visit my brother in the Hospital
A V will truly be missed as a Philanthropist but also as shining star for so many people
God speak A V

Richard Johnson

19 April 2019

I’ve known A.V. since my dad, Charles Johnson, worked for him some 40+ years ago. I remember when he had the small machine shop. I would go there on Saturdays while my dad worked part time for him. A.V. was a very good and respectable man and my dad was very loyal to him. I’ve worked for him during my junior and senior year of high school in the summer months. I also worked for him when I graduated back in 1984 for a few months before I got hired on at JM Huber. I want to say, thank you, A.V. for being good to my dad and letting me work for you. A.V. and my dad have a lot to talk about in Heaven. RIP A.V. To the families, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ron Gay

19 April 2019

AV was a Southern gentleman, kind, generous and gracious. He will be missed by many and remembered by all. He accomplished so much in his life and enjoyed sharing his memories.
Brenda and I will really miss his friendship.

Ken and Connie (Brooks) Mullenix

19 April 2019

We are so sorry to hear of A.V.’s passing. He was a great man. I thought a lot of him and will cherish the memories I have of him. We are so sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Longtime Mercer University trustee, donor, and alumnus A.V. Elliott passed away on April 17, 2019 at the age of 90. A Celebration of Life will be held at Newton Chapel (Mercer University campus) on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. William Underwood officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Designated parking with shuttle service will be provided.

A 1956 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, Elliott was a committed and generous supporter of the University. He was serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees at the time of his death.

Elliott was secretary and treasurer of Elliott Machine Shop Inc., a 100-employee company he founded in Macon in 1975, beginning with only five employees. He was previously founding director of Rivoli Bank of Macon and a research and development engineer for Bibb Manufacturing Company.

Elliott was active in the local community, serving terms as chair of the Mayor’s Committee for Cost-Effective Government; vice-chair of the Macon Chamber of Commerce; founding director of the Macon Economic Development Committee; founding member of the Macon Industrial Roundtable and the Committee for Macon’s Future; and a member of the MedCen Foundation Board, Macon Vocational-Technical Foundation Board and Macon Vocational–Technical Advisory Board. He was a member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church and Christian Living Sunday school class.

He served two appointments from Governor Zell Miller as chair of the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority and as a member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Board.

A member of the Mercer President’s Club, Elliott provided the University with a $1 million dollar gift in November 2012 to endow the A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas. Elliott, who majored in both Christianity and history at Mercer, attributed much of his success to his ability to think critically at important moments, a skill he honed in his humanities courses.

He also gifted the University with the Elliott Bell Tower at the Five Star Football and Lacrosse Complex in February 2013. The bell rings before each home football game as a call for fans to enter the stadium and after each Bears’ score and victory.

His most recent commitment was for the new undergraduate sciences building, Godsey Science Center, on the Macon campus. In recognition of his support, the University named the area framed by the new sciences building, the School of Medicine and School of Engineering buildings and the Willet Science Center as the A.V. Elliott Science Quadrangle. In 2013, he was honored with the Mercer University Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Glennda Elliott; daughter Sylvia (George) Damour; son, Stanley Elliott; grandchildren, Chris Cranford, Bridgett Elliott, and Randall Elliott; step-children, Sam Gandy and Hannah (John) Fleckenstein; step-grandchildren, Christian and Carson Gandy, Olivia and Riley Fleckenstein; and several nieces and nephews. A.V. was preceded in death by two sons, Randall and Vance Elliott.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Mercer University, Advancement Office, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207 or the MedCen Foundation at 858 High Street, Macon, GA. 31201.

Visit snowscs.com to express condolences.

Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street has charge of arrangements.