Born June 5, 1930, in Kennett, son of the late Lee and Ella Herrill McElwrath, he was a U.S. Navy veteran.
On Jan. 8, 1951, he married Deronda Whitlock, who survives of the home.
Survivors also include one son, Tommy McElwrath, of Kennett; one daughter, Donna Thompson, of Hayti, Mo.; two brothers, Hershel McElwrath and Harold "Hoot" McElwrath, both of Kennett; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., today, Wednesday, March 22, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with Judy Conder officiating.
Burial was in the Gregory Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers were Donald Burgess, David Thompson, Jerry Lee McElwrath, Steven McElwrath, Dewayne McElwrath and John Michael Stacy.