Truett Kent Elliott

March 11, 1919November 16, 2012

Truett Kent Elliott passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at the age of 93. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Johnson's Funeral Home chapel. Kent was born on March 11, 1919 in Menard, Texas to John and Mary Elliott. He was orphaned by the death of his parents at a young age. Kent grew up in San Angelo and sold newspapers downtown where he met local businessmen who would allow him to do errands for them. He worked at Fox's Garage from grade school through high school. In high school he was a member of the Zocas and Senior Scouts. Kent attended San Angelo Junior College and lacked one semester from graduating at Texas Tech. He held a Master Plumber's license but never pursued a plumbing career. He married Bettie Dee Harrison on July 12, 1942. He served in the Air Corp for four and a half years as an aerial photographer and was honorably discharged as Master Sergeant. He worked in sales for Harrison Roofing Company before starting Kent Elliott Roofing Company after the destructive hail storm in 1966. He was a loyal and lifelong member of the Business Men's Bible Class, chaired many committees and served as president. He said he held every office except piano player, song leader and teacher, “..for obvious reasons”. He was a past chancellor commander of Lodge 46, Knights of Pythias, and was awarded his 50-year pin in 1994. He supported and was active with the West Texas Boys Ranch for many years, putting several of the young men to work and mentoring them after they left the ranch. In the 1960s, Kent was known to drive his El Camino, with ladder on rack, to burglary calls downtown. The police officers would use the ladder to check roof entrances into the buildings. Around the mid-1970s, Kent was instrumental in forming a group of San Angelo business leaders to ring the bell for the Salvation Army downtown on Christmas Eve day. Kent could always be found by his grandchildren toting dollar bills in front of the Hemphill-Wells department store. In 1989 he was made an honorary member of Bombardiers, Inc. for his research in locating pictures of generals, officers and cadets of San Angelo Army Field, also known as Concho Field and later named Mathis Field. Kent enjoyed photography, gardening, fishing and hunting, square dancing, traveling in his motorcoach and attending Dallas Cowboys games; but foremost, he loved spending time with his family. He had season tickets and attended Central Bobcat football games until age 85. Kent maintained his tremendous sense of humor and heart of gold to the end. Kent and Bettie had three daughters, five grandchildren and nine greats. He was predeceased in death by his parents, foster parents Marvin and Mattie Fox, his loving wife of 68 years and two daughters, Cynthia Kay Hanson and Linda Dee Buford. Survivors include his daughter, Molly Smith Christensen and husband Chris of Benbrook, sister-in-law Maxine Harrison of San Angelo and several nieces and nephews. Grandchildren: Kay Hanson Biggs of Willow Park, Daryl Hanson of Albuquerque NM, Renay Smith Johnson of Dallas, Rhonda Dee Buford and fiance Jesse Head of Fort Worth and Amy Dee Pucel and husband Bobby of N. Richland Hills. Great-grandchildren: Joshua Kent Biggs, Ciara Linee Hanson, D.J. Hanson, Alicia Marie Hanson, Blake Richard Johnson, Brandon Kent Johnson, Rachel Ann Johnson, Baylee Dee Pucel and Abby Dee Pucel. The family would like to sincerely thank the many dedicated staff members of The Allison House at Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center for their excellent care and compassion given to Kent over the last five years. Much appreciation goes to Dr. Chris Barnett and Dr. Gary Nussey for their many years of treating and caring for Kent. In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations in memory of Kent Elliott be made to Meals for the Elderly or a charity of choice. Family and friends are invited to share your thoughts and memories by signing an online guest book at To our loving Daddy, PawPaw, Papa - “Last look”.


  • Memorial Service Monday, November 19, 2012

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November 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with me, for encouraging me to face life's challenges with humor rather than anger. Thank you for showing me that there is always a way to have fun with life. Thank you for the Summer's at the warehouse, for teaching me that generosity, gratefulness, and a good joke can overcome anything! Thank you for letting me drive the El Camino when I shouldn't have been, shooting dice with the boys on Saturday night and betting on the football games on Sunday morning before going to BBC.
Thank you for showing me I was worthy, and for making me feel special to be your grandson. I've missed you for a long time but, I know that you will make your presence felt ... I'm looking forward to the ways in which you're going to do it!
You're the very best Paw Paw ... and I'll love you forever.


November 19, 2012

Kent was always looking for the elevator or stairs to go check out the roof. Kent you found your elevator to heaven. We will miss you greatly. Love Milinda @ the Allsion house.

Horace Hanson

November 19, 2012

I am saddened upon learning of Kent's passing. He was a great father-in-law, one-time employer, and friend. A really good role model for me as it seems that he knew everyone in town and everyone liked him. He always had a joke or some little novel surprise that no one knew about. I have fond memories of riding around in his El Camino and smoking one of those cigars. I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

Teresa Barnes

November 19, 2012

It was an honor to care for Kent at the Allison House. I will miss his beautiful smile and his laugh. We love you, Kent.

Sherry Hanson Hinnant

November 18, 2012

Kent was a friendly member of our extended family for many years. He always took time to chat and tell a joke or two and always had a smile on his face. Condolences to all the family and may God comfort you all with cherished memories.

Kay Dee Biggs

November 18, 2012

Paw Paw, it was an honor to have you in our family, you were a wonderful grandfather and great grandfather.
You were a WONDERFUL man!

I have many, MANY memories spending time with you that I will always cherish. I will remember the rides in the back of the truck, sitting in the rails of the ladder propped up on the headache rack the most. If Mimi had ever known what you were doing and where you had taken us, you for sure would have stayed in trouble!

Thank you for passing down the humor gene. You always kept us laughing with a joke, a clicking of your teeth or just a look that would crack us up.

Knowing that you are in a better place now no longer suffering with your Alzheimer's disease, and rejoined with Mimi, my mom Cindy and my aunt Linda, brings me peace.

I still feel honored to have given your first great grandchild your middle name. Your memory will live on in many ways. There will never be another one like you Paw Paw! You will be so dearly missed.

Love You,

Your first granddaughter,
Kay Dee

Shelley Slagle

November 18, 2012

With deepest sympathy

Danielle Clary

November 18, 2012

It was such a pleasure taking care of Mr. Elliott. He had such a wonderful personality and the biggest smile. There is a huge void at the Allison House. We miss you Kent!

Ron Buford

November 17, 2012

Kent was one of my favorite guys in the world. He was always kind, caring and the most friendly guy around no matter where he was.
He loved to have "fun" and loved to please folks.
Heaven has a new Ambassador of Friendly!
thoughts and prayers for all of the family.
Love ya,
Ron & Jeannie Buford

Ron Buford

November 17, 2012

Kent was one of my favorite people I have ever known. He was kind, caring and one of the most friendly guys one could ever know. Kent never met a stranger!
Some of my most fond memories center around the teasing he loved to do. Especially the times he and I would be sitting in the den and there would be considerable chatter coming out of the kitchen. Kent was always in the minority surrounded by a wife and three daughters. So he would whisper to me "watch this" and he would make his way to the kitchen to get a drink. While there he would come up with some comment or question, knowing it would cause a reaction. There would be a few seconds of silence followed by "Kent Elliott you better go find yourself something to do before you get in big trouble!". He would come back in the den just laughing and say "Ron I guess we better take a ride because those folks are not very friendly!" Heaven has a new ambassador of friendly.