Uselton, Eldie G.

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October 1, 1926 - October 13, 2017

Uselton, Eldie G.

A visitation for Eldie G. Uselton will be held from 7:00-9:00 P.M., on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at ARIA Memorial Chapel. A committal service following Navy Honors will be held at 2:15 P.M., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Dallas Ft Worth National Cemetery.

Born October 1, 1926 in Plano, Texas. He passed on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Baylor Hospital in Plano, Texas.

He grew up with sister Nellie, double cousins Jesse and Clyde, as well as other younger cousins. The Uselton family moved to Texas from Tennessee when his dad was a boy.

Eldie attended Plano Schools, became a Future Farmer of America, a football player; he hunted all over the area and became an excellent shot. He rode horses, had dogs, and helpe with a family farm, which included picking cotton. He was a life-long bicycle rider, builder and re-builder, and was fascinated by cars and planes. He drove both Model T and Model A.

Extra car batteries were kept charged up to power the radio, so the family could listen to Grand Ol’ Opry. Eldie loved music.

He remembered watching the Dallas Pegasus glowing red in the night all the way to Plano.

At times he would sneak out of school and take Inner Urban train across the street and go to Dallas to watch “a show”.

Eldie enlisted in the Navy during WW II and was sent to the Pacific front. He was stationed on the Island of Saipan in the Mariannas.

He remembered his long train ride to San Diego boot camp and his time in California as a good time. He saw the Rockies and the Ocean for the first time, he danced with Shirley Temple in USO, roller-skated at Hollywood and Vines, and explored with his friend Alvin Mitchell.

Saipan was first taken by the Marines, Navy followed and built a massive Port and landing strip to support the area after Pearl Harbor, but with so many locals and Japanese hiding in the caves there were many battles fought every night. For Eldie, some young navy boys crying for mama while dying were impossible to forget.

His favorite plane to work on and fly was a Corsair. Many years later he visited one at the Addison Flight Museum. He was always sorry that their planes on Saipan had to be pushed into the ocean.

After his return in 1946, Eldie met Hazel and they married in 1947. They lost their first baby, but later had Connie, Randy and Kathy. At first they tried farming, later, as Eldie completed Veteran’s school, he started his career as a machinist with U.S. Brass in Plano, which lasted 3 decades till retirement. Hazel was taking care of the kids and helping at school, while Eldie worked, and eventually bought his family a brand new home in a new residential development, first in West Plano, on Brentwood Drive. Time passed, kids got married and 4 grand-kids came along, Rachel, Becky, Matthew and Brandi. Some years later Randy passed away at 45, and then Hazel followed after 55 years of marriage.

About 40 years after buying the house Eldie met his second wife Barbara, 3 decades his junior, who bought a house next door on Brentwood. They were married in 2003. Eldie gained 2 step daughters Mira and Anna and all their cousins and friends, who adored him. He was the original “cool guy” everyone wanted to meet.

Eldie loved people, always friendly, he noticed everyone, especially those ignored by others, he acknowledged everyone and often said he hoped it made their day better. He joked, paid complements to little and big girls alike, old veterans, little boys and their pets. If he could hold the door, wish someone a good day, or help in some small way, he was happy. He liked to tease/joke with men he encountered, loved veterans, and once had a 20 minute conversation with an African American lady who had a wrong number…only in Texas…they say.

Many family occasions, great grandchildren; Levi, Ty, Tanner and Braeden, travels to Canada, Florida, DC, New Orleans, step grandsons Preston and Luke, pets and outings all made life happy, exciting, fulfilling and very fast.

He wanted to get better and stay a while longer, but it was his time to go.

He was the best.

If desired please make donations to a Humane Society or SPCA in you area.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Mary Berg

October 16, 2017 7:30PM

To the family, my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in the knowledge that "there is going to be a resurrection,” as the Bible confirms at Acts 24:15. “Do not be amazed at this,” Jesus assures us, “for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28,29) By meditating on God’s promises found in the Bible, may you find real hope and the strength to keep going. (1 Th 4:13,14) Deepest sympathy.


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