James “Jim” Elliott, 85, of Littlefield, died Monday evening, Dec.11, 2017 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, following an illness. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Fort Sumner with Rev. John Russo officiating. Burial followed at Fort Sumner Cemetery. All arrangements were directed by Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM (575) 355-2311. He was born Sept. 15, 1932 in Clovis, NM to Bill and Audrey Reed Elliott. He attended schools in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School in 1950. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was assigned to 3530th Field Maintenance Squadron as a Jet Engine Mechanic. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on March 12, 1955. Jim married Lola Bell French on Dec. 21, 1957 in Sweetwater, OK. Jim worked for many years as a machinist in Clovis, he owned and operated Motor Lab from 1964-1982 and Clovis Machine from 1978-1986. He may have retired in 2001. He was a talented musician and a gunsmith. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Littlefield and First Baptist Church in Fort Sumner. Jim is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Nancy Sluis. He is survived by his wife, Lola Bell Elliott, of Littlefield; daughter, Jamie Williams of Corpus Christi and son, Clayton Elliott and his wife, Nina of Thrall; five grandchildren Brian Williams and wife, Esther of Austin, David Williams and wife, Rebecca of Plainfield, Indiana, Ashley Cole and husband, Sam of Dallas, Stephanie Rudas and husband, Jason of Oceanside, CA, and Matthew Williams of Corpus Christi; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Phil Elliott and his wife, Connie, and a sister, Barbara Tomsco, both of Brenham. The family requests memorials in memory of Jim Elliott to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 287, Fort Sumner, NM 88119.

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