William Reid “Bill” Elliott, 89, of Macon, crossed into Heaven’s gates on December 29, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Highland Hills Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Bruner and Reverend Cass DuCharme officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service in the Church Parlor.
The only son of the late William Irby Elliott and Gladys Middlebrooks Elliott, Mr. Elliott was born in Macon, Georgia on February 3, 1932. He attended Bruce Elementary School, Lanier High School for Boys, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Auburn University School of Engineering. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps (Honorable Medical Discharge).
During his 44 years of employment at the Warner Robins Air Logistic Center, Mr. Elliott was heavily involved with USAF Aircraft Structural Integrity Programs regarding policies and specifications. He organized and managed the Durability and Damage Tolerance Analysis Engineering Group within the TI directorate to provide technical support to multiple aircraft program offices.
Recognizing the need for an Engineering School close to and affiliated with Robins Air Force Base, Mr. Elliott strongly advocated for development of the Mercer University School of Engineering, proudly serving on its Board of Directors for several years. In addition, Mr. Elliott advocated for the Mercer Engineering Research Center, a Non-profit Provider of Engineering and Research.
In his early years, Mr. Elliott was a dedicated member of Mikado Baptist Church, where he was a tenor soloist in the Adult Choir. Later in life he joined Highland Hills Baptist Church where continued offering his time, talents and service to the church and his Lord and Savior until declining health prevented him from doing so.
Mr. Elliott was especially proud of his Scottish Heritage and enjoyed many family trips to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in North Carolina and the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He took great pleasure in wearing his Elliott Clan Kilt for any occasion he deemed appropriate, often drawing smiles, giggles and admiration from friends, family and onlookers. He and his wife, Carolyn, were honored to visit the Elliott Clan Ancestral Home in the Scotland Borders Region.
Following retirement from Civil Service, Mr. Elliott became active in the Macon Downtown Rotary Club serving on the committee charged with designing and building Rotary Park on Riverside Drive.
He was a member of Idle Hour Country Club, the Edward Dorr Tracy, Jr. Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Military Order of Stars and Bars, the Elliott Clan Society, and the Macon Touchdown Club.
Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by his beloved parents and his former wife and mother of his three children, Ruth Gregory Elliott.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Harris Butler Elliott; children: Greg Elliott (Cindy), Clay Elliott (Leslie), and Lisa Shepard (Bruce), all of Macon, Georgia; grandchildren, Catherine Wilson (Casey), of Decatur, Georgia; Corey Elliott and Hannah Elliott (Fiancé – Josh), of Macon, Georgia; step-children, Nancy Tudor (Dick), of Honolulu; Brad Butler (Tanya), of Gaffney, North Carolina; and Blair Butler (Lisa), of Columbia, Tennessee; step-grandchildren: Laura Lu (Stephen), of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Stephanie Klein (Joe), of Columbus, Ohio; Bradley Butler, of Savannah, Georgia; Noah Butler, of Atlanta, Georgia; Seth Butler, of Tuskaloosa, Alabama; Tess Butler, of Columbia, Tennessee; and Maggie Shepard, of Woodstock, Georgia; great-grandson, Callum Elliott Wilson; and great step-granddaughter, Ruby Lu, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers the family appreciates consideration of gifts made in memory of William Reid Elliott to Highland Hills Baptist Church, 1370 Briarcliff Road, Macon, GA, 31211.
Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 has charge of the arrangements.
Highland Hills Baptist Church
1370 Briarcliff Rd, Macon GA 31211