James “Don” Donald Elam passed away peacefully on Monday, June 20, 2016, at the age of 87. Born on November 3, 1928, and raised in Manchester, TN, the son of Harvey Elam and Beulah (Tolliver) Elam. He was always at home back in Tennessee and hated to leave here. In high school years. Don was the center on the Coffee County Central High School Basketball team, when he wasn’t working on the farm with the family. Later, Don served in the US Army for 2 years, worked for the US Postal Service and then pursued Chiropractic schooling in Chicago, where he meet his wife, Helen. Don later worked at Kraft Foods for over 16 years until he retired at the age of 74. Don had a passion for working for the Lord. He cared for all people, would wave to anyone, and was willing to give anyone a ride to worship God. He loved being with his grandkids, being in his garden, and sharing the “fruits of his labors” with anyone, and swimming at the “Y”. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gordon and Glenis, mother-in-law Elizabeth Krumrel. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen (Krumrel) Elam; Loving Dad to his children Craig, Blair (Susan), Roger, Paul (Lisha), Karen, Dale (Sarah); Loving Grandpa to his grandchildren Stephanie, Josh, Janelle, Chris, Justin, Tyler, Carter, Marina and Jake; Loving brother of Marion, June, Doris, Tom and Ralph. He will be missed by nephews/nieces, other relatives, brethren in the Chicagoland area, and friends.
VISITATION: SATURDAY, June 25, 2016, 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
SERVICE: SATURDAY, June 25, 2016, 12:00 Noon
Central Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.