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Dr. Theodore Bertram Elliott

World War II Army Veteran, Dr. Theodore Bertram Elliott (affectionately known as “Doc” or “Ted”) was called home on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Sherwood, Arkansas.

Theodore was born in Elliott, Arkansas on April 28, 1921, to the late Arthur Elliott and Saint Alma Kilgore Elliott. Dr. Elliott was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend. He always had a smile on his face and his positive spirit was infectious. Dr. Elliott brought a feeling of joy to whomever he was around. He was a devoted educator who spent many years teaching and inspiring others. Dr. Elliott received his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College (Arkansas AM&N), his master’s degree from Tuskegee University, and his doctorate from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Dr. Elliott served as the principal of Lafayette School in Camden, later he became a professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas AM&N), and in 1992, he retired as the Chairman of the Education Department at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Doc was a proud lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Also, in his role as a Master Gardener, he could grow just about anything and always loved giving advice. He was well known for his beautiful roses. Dr. Elliott was a selfless man of great faith. He was an honored and dedicated member of the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church of Pine Bluff where he served on many boards and taught Sunday school. Dr. Elliott enjoyed meeting new people and he could have an engaging conversation with anyone.

Dr. Elliott was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years Versie B. Elliott; his daughter Mary Laverne Blackwell; and son, William B. Elliott, Sr. He is survived by his son, Ronald J. Elliott (Sonya) of Dallas, Texas; his sister, Ruth M. Pace of Indianapolis, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Sandra Elliott (William); his granddaughters, Rhonda Perkins (Michael) and Lakeisha Doyle; his grandsons, William Elliott, Jr. (Michelle Walker-Elliott), Michael Elliott, and CovingtonBlackwell, Jr. Dr. Elliott also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, great grandchildren, friends, and a wonderful pastor and church family.

A memorial will be scheduled later to celebrate the life of Dr. Elliott. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly suggests memorial contributions be made to Damascus Missionary Baptist Church, 224 North Cypress St, Pine Bluff, AR, 71601, Dr. Theodore Elliott Educational Scholarship Fund. You can also donate online at:

Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.  


  • Karin Conner Posted December 1, 2020 1:03 PM

    What God surely means by “good and faithful servant”

  • Liz Glover Posted December 1, 2020 1:06 PM

    I am proud to have known him, he was great man
    From the Harris family

  • Susan Forte Posted December 1, 2020 2:43 PM

    It was my honor to have met, known and serve beside such a honorable man. To God be the Glory! Love you and miss you DOC sir🤎

  • Bobbie Bridges Posted December 1, 2020 2:54 PM

    I will truly miss Dr. Elliott and the wisdom he shared. I miss taking him banana pudding and other sweets and dinner

  • Milton & Princella R. Gardner Posted December 1, 2020 3:14 PM

    May the perfect peace that only He can give be with you now and through the months ahead. With heartfelt sympathy.

  • Milton & Princella R. Gardner Posted December 1, 2020 3:24 PM

    Doc will always hold a special place in our hearts and many
    Joyous memories in our minds for reflections. Thanks for the

  • Herman & Deborah Heard Posted December 1, 2020 3:40 PM

    The love we shared with Doe will never be forgotten.

  • Tina and NeCe Humphrey. Posted December 1, 2020 3:49 PM

    Dr. Elliott has and will continue to hold a very special place in our hearts. His wonderful smile and loving demeanor will always be apart of the great memories he has left us with. We pray that God grant the family peace and comfort. Well done they goid and faithful servant. We will truly miss you.

  • Harold and Yvonne Blevins Posted December 1, 2020 4:15 PM

    We are missing our neighbor and friend. It was always inspiring to watch his vegetables, flowers and fruit trees blossom and bring forth nutritious and beautiful produce. He once told me “Just throw the seeds for greens out before a rain and greens will grow”. Thanks for the advise. Rest In Peace, Doc.

  • George & Sharon Duncan Posted December 1, 2020 4:48 PM

    Though my wife and I only knew Dr Elliott for a short time he quickly stole a place in our hearts. We will never forget him.

  • Patay Burns Posted December 1, 2020 6:10 PM

    A great awesome man of GodTouched many lifes.May your memory live on

  • Charles & Eula Lusk Posted December 1, 2020 6:45 PM

    Dr. Elliott was a great inspiration to everyone. We feel honored and blessed to have known him. We will truly miss him.

  • Charles & Eula Lusk Posted December 1, 2020 7:27 PM

    Dr. Elliott was an inspiration to everyone. We felt honored and blessed to have known him. We will truly miss him.

  • Stan Askew Posted December 1, 2020 9:40 PM

    My life was better through meeting him, he ALWAYS treated me like family, may he rest in peace with the Lord.

  • Chris & Joi Robinson Posted December 2, 2020 8:11 AM

    Deepest sympathy from the Robinson Family

  • Eunice Brooks Posted December 2, 2020 11:11 AM

    Dr. Elliott will be missed. He was such a sincere person and a joy to be around.He was a biblical scholar and loved reading and teaching the word of God.

  • Lorrin Robinson Posted December 4, 2020 12:18 PM

    My heart and prayers go out to my dear friend Rhonda and the rest of the family!❤️

  • Brenda Henry Posted December 4, 2020 10:09 PM

    Doctor Elliott was a blessing to the Henry family and the Damascus church family..

  • ANNETTE DAVIS Posted December 5, 2020 5:47 PM


  • Lloyd and Evelyn Franklin Posted December 5, 2020 8:17 PM

    Dr Elliott a man of God just paying his rent to be here on earth🙏🏾👌🏾

  • Zedralyn Butler Posted December 12, 2020 2:43 PM

    I miss you Doc. 😔

  • Diane Charles Posted April 29, 2021 12:11 PM

    Dr. And Mrs Eliott were my friends for more than 30 years. I will truly miss them both God Bless.

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