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Thomas Allen Elrod, Sr.

February 10, 1930 — May 31, 2023


Thomas Allen Elrod, Sr.

Thomas A. Elrod, Sr., age 93, of Belle, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at the Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.


Tom was born February 10, 1930, on the Bent Elrod Homestead in Maries County which was established in 1840, a son to the late Allen Boney and Annie Belle (Whalen) Elrod. Annie passed away 10 days after giving birth to Tom. Allen remarried later to Zillah Martha Backues and she raised Tom as her own. Zillah preceded Tom in death.


Tom was a 1947 graduate of Belle High School. Thomas proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp from 1952 until 1960. He came from a long line of family members that served in the armed forces dating back to the revolutionary war.


On June 14, 1952, he was united in marriage to Anna Belle Stockton at the home of her parents near Belle. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June, 2022. Anna Belle survives at their home in Belle.


Tom was an active member of the Liberty Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and served on the board for Liberty and Union Hill cemeteries. Tom loved kids and kids loved him. He was always giving gum and candy to the children and they would seek him out if they knew he was around. He was a very hard worker. Tom operated heavy equipment from 1954 until 1978 before embarking on a truck driving career until 1990. Tom choose not to retire at this point in his life and went back to working heavy equipment in his business, Custom Dozing, and finally retired in 2017, at the age of 87, although he did do a couple of jobs from time to time. He was always happiest when working, but in retirement, he enjoyed gardening with Anna Belle and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Tom will be missed greatly by his family, friends, and those that knew and loved him.


In addition to his wife, Tom is survived by: four children, Thomas Allen Elrod, Jr., and his wife Elaine of Rolla, Mary Louise Backes and her husband Gary of Linn, James Ray Elrod and his wife Bonnie of Belle, and Carol Ann Porter and her husband Mark of Hardeeville, SC; six grandchildren, Brandon Elrod and his wife Emily, Jason Backes and his wife Erin, Melissa Massman and her husband Joe, Sophie Branson and her husband Mitch, Noelle Brown and her husband Kyle, Sarah Elrod and her husband to be Mason; nine great-grandchildren, Stuart, Leo, Arthur, and Tucker Massman, Izabella, Brayden, & Ryleigh Backes, and Wendy and Mason Branson; and in-laws, Marvin Zimmer and Walker and Oma Flood, as well many nieces, nephew, extended family members and friends.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, Leonard and Billie Elrod, Mildred and John Murdock, Wink and Venita Elrod, and LaVaughn Zimmer. His mother and father- in-law, Joseph and Maymie (Siegler) Stockton and other in-laws, Sarah and Al Moran, Georgia Stockton, Ed and Lorna Stockton, and Jack Stockton.


Visitation for Tom will be held on Friday, June 2, 2023, at Sassmann’s Chapel in Belle from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Liberty Church of Christ beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the Union Hill Cemetery near Vienna at 11:15 a.m.


Expressions of sympathy may be made to Union Hill Cemetery.   

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Past Services


Friday, June 2, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Sassmann's Chapel - Belle

207 Linn Ave, Belle, MO 65013

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 3, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Liberty Church of Christ

Belle, MO

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

Union Hill Cemetery

Highway 42, Vienna, MO 65013

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