Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1938 RJC

Thomas Elrod THOMAS ROSS ELROD, SR., 76, died Aug. 17, 1996, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. Mr. Elrod was born to Jesse Elrod & Lola Leugenie Smith on July 16, 1920 in School Hill, Erath County, Texas. He attended schools in School Hill, Desdemona, Alameda and Ranger. Thomas was a graduate of Ranger High School (1938) & Ranger Jr. College (1947). He worked as an Assistant Manager, F.W. Woolworth Co. in Breckenridge, Ranger and Brownwood. Mr. Elrod served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during WW II. He was stationed in the CBI (China, Burma, India) Theatre. He was awarded Victory, AT, AP medals with 3 Battle Stars, Bronze Star Medal and was presented a special Chinese medal personally by Chiang Kai-shek. In 1949 & 1951, he received BS and MA degrees from Baylor University, Waco, TX. He taught chemistry, physics and mathematics for 30 years (1949-1979) with the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Edinburg, TX. The Edinburg High School "Bobcat" Annual was dedicated to Thomas Ross Elrod in 1956. Ross Elrod Dedication Mr. Elrod was a 50+ year member of the Ranger Masonic Lodge #738 AF & AM and Eastern Star Chapter #275. Thomas was a member of the First Baptist Church, Edinburg, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Genie Elrod; six brothers, Grady, Obie, Truman, Arlie, Garlan, & Rex Elrod; and three sisters, Thelma Hanna, Mae Fair, Azlee Kile. Survivors at the time of his death include his loving wife of 53 years, Dorothy Helen Mathena Elrod (RHS-1939) of Ranger; two sons & a daughter-in-law, Tommy Elrod, Jr. and Libby of Edinburg and Anthony Elrod of Joshua; one foster daughter, Dorothy Eppley Boswell (RHS-1957); one foster son, Eric Chapa of Ranger; one extended family member, Madelyn Eppley of York, Pennsylvania; one brother and sister-in-law, Loyd Elrod (RHS-1943) and Opal (RHS- 1943) of Eastland, two sisters, Mrs. Rhetta McMurray of Abilene and Mrs. Dora Elston of Stephenville; one aunt, Anna Mae Mathena Jinks of Granbury; two grandchildren, Kristeen Elizabeth (Kristi) Elrod and Jody Ann Elrod of Edinburg, Texas; one foster granddaughter, Debra Ann (Debbie) Blackwell Bradford of Irving, TX; two sisters- in-law, Wanda Elrod of Byers and Ena Hopper Byrd (decd- 2020) of Wichita Falls, TX; ten nephews; 11 nieces; 16 great-nieces; 17 great-nephews; 12 great-great-nieces; 18 great-great-nephews; three great-great-great-nephews and four great-great-great-nieces. Thomas Ross Elrod family Ross, son Tommy, & Dorothy Youngest son, Anthony Elrod