Ranger Exes Memorial - Others RJC

Donnal Elrod DONNAL REX ELROD was born Oct. 8, 1922 to Jesse Uri Elrod and Lola Leugenia "Genie" Smith Elrod at School Hill, Erath County, Texas. He graduated from Alameda High School and was married to Doris Mathena at Ranger, TX, in Dec. of 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in l942. Rex had five brothers in the service at the same time. He trained in California and Oregon, then served in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded EAME, 3 Battle Stars. Dist. Unit Citation, GCM, AT and Victory Ribbons. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and he and Doris enrolled and were very active at RJC, graduating together in 1948. Rex was dearly loved, encouraged and supported by Trudy and Victor Mathena, his mother and father-in-law. They & Doris assisted him as he completed his last two years of college training in Wichita Falls, TX. Rex completed his major in horology from Mid-Western University. It was due to this training that he was able to secure a civil service position at the local air base and remained there until full retirement. Doris and Rex were divorced in 1951. Doris died Sept. 8, 1975 at the age of 50. This union had no children. Rex married his second wife, Wanda Jean Shields Lott, August 30, 1952. At this time he moved to Byers, TX, and changed his membership from the First Baptist Church to the Byers First United Methodist Church. Rex and Wanda were the parents of a daughter, Marilyn Melinda. Rex was also a member of Joseph A. Kemp Lodge No. 1287, a Scottish Rite Mason and a veteran of WWII. Donnal Rex Elrod, at age 59, entered his Heavenly Home April 27, 1982, with internment in Byers, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Grady, David Obie, Garlan Edmond, Arlie Chester; former wife, Doris Mathena (RHS-1941) Survivors at the time of his death include his wife, Wanda Jean; a daughter, Mrs. Melinda Bohrer of Omaha, NE; two step-sons, David Lott of Ringling, OK, and Bobby Lott of Vernon, TX; five sisters, Retta, Thelma, Dora, Mae, Azlee; three brothers: Robert Truman, Ross, Loyd; six grand- children; numerous nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Ena Hopper (Garlan) Elrod (decd-2020).