Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1943

Odie Elrod ODIE LOYD ELROD, 78, died on June 2, 2003 with burial in Eastland City Cemetery in Eastland, TX. Loyd was the last child of 13, born to this family on his Mother's birthday, Jan. 14, 1925, on the family farm, in the School Hill community near Desdemona, to Lola Lugenia Smith & Jesse Uri Elrod. He was raised near Alameda and was a 1943 graduate of Ranger High School at Ranger, TX. He married his sweetheart, Opal Dee Eaton (RHS-1943), in 1943, at Ranger. He farmed around Ranger for several years before entering the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the states. After his discharge he returned to Ranger where he worked for Montgomery Ward for a time before beginning work for the Civil Service, first at Pyote and later at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells where he moved his family. Retiring in 1966 he moved to Eastland and worked for Mobil Oil Company and later for Maverick Car Wash where he enjoyed visiting with the patrons. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion, and enjoyed drinking coffee and telling jokes, visiting, camping and outdoor activities. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Uri & Lola Leugenia Smith Elrod, great-grandson, Matthew Chaney, brothers, Grady Elrod, Obie Elrod, Truman Elrod, Arlie Elrod, Garlan Elrod, Ross Elrod, & Rex Elrod also sisters, Retta Elrod McMurray, Thelma Elrod Hanna, May Elrod Fair & Azlee Elrod Kile. He is survived by his wife, Opal Elrod of Eastland, daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Gayle Chaney of Eastland, son & daughter-in-law, Dan and Julie Elrod of Eastland, a sister, Dora Elston of Stephenville, 3 sisters-in-law, Ena Byrd of Wichita Falls, Dorothy Elrod of Ranger and Wanda Elrod of Byers, TX, grandchildren and spouses, Mark and Pam Chaney, Angie and Patrick Bailey, Bryan and Brandy Elrod and Brent Elrod, great-grandchildren, Brady Elrod and Briley Elrod, many nieces and nephews.