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Clarksville mourns loss of Hugh Elliott, civic leader

SoVaNow.com / March 12, 2014


Hugh Myles Elliott, who died March 7 after a brief illness, left an indelible mark on Clarksville, the town that he grew to love.

He owned two businesses in the area, True Value Hardware, which began on Virginia Avenue next to the site of the current Dollar General, before moving to the site now operated by Talbert Lumber Supply, and more recently Clarksville Watersports.

Town Council member Carolyn Hite first remembers Elliott as he worked to create a YMCA for Clarksville. “He was the driving force behind establishing it, and others of us came along to help,” said Hite. He remained active with the YMCA, serving as President of the board in the years after its creation.

Like Hite, Barry Roberts could not recall when Elliott first came to Clarksville, but remembers him as an ardent supporter of the Clarksville Community Players.

“Few people know that he was a very good comedy actor,” said Roberts, who performed with Elliott and worked with him on several productions. “He also had a good baritone singing voice.”

The one skill Roberts most admired in Elliott was his ability to build sets: “You’d tell him what was needed and he just build it, just like that,” said Roberts with a touch of awe in his voice.

Elliott was also remembered as a good friend. Having worked for several years with Phil Daub on behalf of the Fine Arts Center, Elliott donated money to restore two seats in the theatre in memory of his friend. Now, Roberts said, the Players plan to return the favor. When “The Trouble With Harry” is staged this weekend, Players will have a memorial tribute for Elliott.

Elliott, 68, was born Sept. 14, 1945 in Clarksburg, W.Va., the son of the late Edgar Mason and Barbara Sizemore. He was an avid golfer, University of Virginia Cavaliers fan, member of the Clarksville Community Players and active with the YMCA and “Lakefest.”

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 11 — Elliott’s standing warm-weather tee time and day — in the chapel at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

Elliott is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Brandi and Geno Taylor of Efland, N.C.; special friend, Diane Ferrell of Clarksville; sister, Nancye E. McIntyre of Grafton, OH and brother and sister-in-law, Mason and Mary Ann Elliott of Asheville, N.C. His grandchildren, Olivia, Clint and Genna Taylor, as well as his beloved dog, Ellie, also survive.

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A great guy, met him about 7 years ago on one of my first visits to Clarksville he was quick to be friendly and cordial and really helped me with all that this cute lakeside town had to offer! Never seemed to mind me asking a million stupid questions about boats and always seemed to be in great spirits. God Bless and you will be missed.

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Met Mr. Elliott when I first moved to town in 1999, and have yet to meet a finer gentleman. Godspeed, Mr. E.


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