Oren Daniel Elkins, 90, of Goldston died Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Mr. Elkins was born in Chatham County on May 18, 1929 - the son of Roy Banks Elkins and Mollie Jane Gaines Elkins. Oren was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Sunday School Teacher. He was employed as a Project Manager with Wagester, Walker, Thornton & Company for 22 years. Prior to that Oren held several positions including Plant Manager for Pomona Pipe Company and management positions at various feed mills before finally retiring at the age of 74. Even then his expertise was in demand, and he continued to work until he was 80 and no longer physically capable. Oren was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His first priority was always his family and taking care of them. Oren drove countless miles and spent countless hours to be by the side of his loved ones when they needed him. He took care of his parents, children and siblings in their time of need. His heart was infinite. Oren was a man of integrity. His word was considered gold by all who knew him. Family and friends could always count on Oren. He was trustworthy, honest, dependable, and a role model for all men to be measured by.
In healthier times Oren enjoyed planting and tending to a garden with his wife, Mattie. He took up the game of golf later in life and enjoyed time on the golf course with good friends and his son, Phil. Like most, Oren loved good food and enjoyed going out to eat with Mattie or taking a drive for some good ice cream. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raeford Elkins; and sister, Dixie Rose. Oren is survived by his loving wife of 66 years: Mattie Phillips Elkins "Shugg"; son, Phillip Elkins; daughters, Cynthia Elkins Watrous and Susan Elkins Kidd; 8 grandchildren: Charles, Taylor, Brittany, Carter, Brandon, Caston, Eastan, and Trevor; 3 great-grandchildren, Krisalyn, Jordan, and Cooper.
The family will receive friends Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 17721 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek, NC. The funeral will follow Sunday at 3:00 PM at Hickory Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Garner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who showed such love and compassion during the past several months … and a very special thank you goes to Letha, whose devotion to the family went above and beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.