Eldred Leo, age 88, of Oxford (OH) passed away on October 1, 2021, He was born on July 20, 1933, in Mount Hope, AL to the late Artis and Edna Brown. He accepted Christ at the age of 13. He graduated from Leighton (AL) Training School and moved to Oxford in 1953. He married the love of his life, Martha Sue Davidson on his birthday, July 20, 1957. To their union, their beloved daughter Vanessa was born.
Eldred proudly served in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Corporal. Following an honorable discharge, he worked at Armco Steel as a foreman from 1964 to 1992. A faithful member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Oxford, OH, he was the Church Treasurer, Superintendent and Teacher of the Sunday School, Steward, Pastor’s Assistant, church van driver, and groundskeeper, among other responsibilities. He only missed an occasional Sunday due to hospitalization or occasional trips out of town. Eldred loved serving his church and the Oxford community. He delivered food, provided transportation, and household assistance to those in need. As a result, he received the NAACP Service Award, NAACP Leadership Award, Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Christian Service Award and numerous other awards and recognition.
Eldred had a deep and abiding love for his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and more recently “FaceTiming” several times a week with his 4-year-old and 18-month-old great-grandsons.
Eldred never met a stranger. He was a humble man with a radiant smile that would” light up a room”. He loved to share a good story, particularly of the humorous variety because he loved people and he loved to laugh.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Martha Sue (nee Davidson); cherished daughter, Vanessa (Jonathan) Vaughters; dear grandfather of Jahnisa (Jarrod) Loadholt, Jonathan Vaughters II, James Vaughters, and Ryan Vaughters; Beloved sister Geneva Byrd, and great-grandfather to Jarrod and Jrue; sisters-in-law, Annie Winston, and Ollie Mae Young; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews, and numerous other family and friends.
Eldred is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters-in-law, James Hershell (Leslie) Brown, Jimmie (Cleo) Brown, Thomas (Lottie Bea) Brown, Harvey (Lucy) Brown, Urle (Bettye) Brown; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Helen (Walter) Donley; and brother-in-law, John Winston.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ogle & Paul Young Funeral Home, 5086 College Corner Pike, Oxford, 45056.
Memorial contributions in Eldred Brown’s name can be made to Bethel A.M.E. Church, P.O. Box 494, Oxford, OH 45056 Condolences to the family www.paulyoungfuneralhome.com
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