James Frank Elam, Sr. passed away Friday, August 6, 2004 after a brief battle with cancer.
A life-long resident of Conroe, Texas, he was born June 27, 1927 to Michael Hodijah and Flossie Mae (Puckett) Elam. Frank was named after his grandfather, Francis Marion Elam, a confederate veteran of the war between the states. He is survived by his wife, Vera Elam and their four children: Charlotte Casso and husband Ron, Susie Kamman and husband Keith, James Frank Elam, Jr. and wife Chari (Meadows), and Mark Elam and wife Margie (Rubio). Mr. Elam is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, as well as his sister, Mary Sue Walker and husband Roger of Conroe.
Frank Elam worked for many years at Everetts Hardware in Conroe, serving as store manager until his retirement in 1989. He was a long time member and deacon of First Baptist Church, Conroe, as well as West Conroe Baptist Church. He was past president of the Conroe Evening Lions and Rotary Clubs. Mr. Elam served his nation with honor as a member of the U. S. Navy during WWII.
An example of stability, faith, and family devotion, Frank Elam worked his entire life at Everetts Hardware, where he began working as a teenager prior to WWII. Following the war, he returned home and resumed his work at the hardware store and married his sweetheart, Vera Louise Hadley, in 1949.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home on Monday, August 9, 2004. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Conroe, with Rev. Cliff Herrington officiating. Burial will follow immediately after the service in Garden Park Cemetery, 801 Teas Road in Conroe. Pallbearers are Kevin Canada, Jesse Elam, Christopher Elam, Bradley Kamman, Matthew Elam, and Chris McCollum. Honorary pallbearers: Lewis Fitch Sunday School Class at West Conroe Baptist Church.
The family wishes to thank all of Franks friends and family who have visited, called and sent gifts during his brief illness. They also wish to thank Rev. Cliff Herrington for his spiritual care and the HealthCare Odyssey of Conroe for their professional and loving care.