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In Remembrance
Oveail Elias, Sr.
E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary

Oveail Elias, Sr.Oveail Elias, Sr., 84, departed this life on Friday, November 20, 2009, at Bayou Pine Care Center in La Marque, TX.

On June 3, 192, Oveail was the third child born to Mrs. Birdie Elias in Kingston, LA. he accepted Christ at an early age at the Mt Zion Baptist Church in Kingston. He attended school in Desoto Parish. Under his mother wise counsel, Oveail learned strong work ethics and solid family values which he instilled in his children and the young people he met during his life. From 1942-1944, he served his country in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Kingston and continued his courtship with the love of his life, Cora Brokenberry. After traveling to Galveston to establish a home, he returned to Kingston again and married Cora on December 29, 1946. To this union five children were born; two daughters and three sons. He worked at various jobs until he was hired at Todd Shipyards where he was employed for 38 years and retired as a Labor Foreman for the night shift. while employed at Todd's he along with other Todd employees, established the B & L Club which contributed to the needy in the community.

Oveail united with Sunlight Baptist Church in 1949, and served faithfully until his death. During those years he was faithful in all duties and willingly took on any work that needed to be done. He served on the Senior Usher Board until he became a deacon in 1957. After that time he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Chairman of the Trustee Board, vice president of the Bible Band, Chairman of the Finance Committee and president of the Brotherhood and supported the Sunday School and BTU. Deacon Elias was an active member of South Texas District Association, where he was a member of the Benevolent Wing, the Brotherhood and Bible Band.

He was preceded in death by his mother; father and mother in law, Dock and Mariah Brokenberry; five sisters Viola Grant, Mary Crowder, Curlie Pickney, Mercy Davy, Levada Barfield and brother, Naro Elias.

He leaves with cherished memories, his wife of sixty-two years, Cora Elias; daughters, Helen Butler Williams and Debra Elias of Texas City; sons, Oveail Elias Jr. (Sugenia ) of Houston, Lydell Elias (Jeanette ) of League City, and Sherman Elias (Juanita) of Galveston; brother, Clayton Elias (Betty) of Shreveport, LA; sister-in-law, Mary Elias of Corpus Christi, TX; brother- in-law Ed Pinkney of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Larry Bolden ((Jenny), Stephanie Myers (Steve), Sherry Elias, April White, Terrell Moore, Teneiza Tibbs, Rissee Tibbs, Joseph Boudreaux, Rachel Tibbs-Dyers, Tershundrea Branch; 11 great grandchildren; god children, nieces, nephews, many friends and the Sunlight Church family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Maurice Willis, Dr. James Goodwin, Andrea Wirt, PA, the staff of the UTMB Oncology and Geriatric Clinic, and the Administrative,  Medical Nursing and Support staff of Bayou Pines Health Care Center for their excellent and compassionate care.

Visitation will begin today,  November 27th at 4 PM, followed by a wake from 7-8 PM at E R Johnson Family Mortuary. A service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2009, at the Sunlight Baptist Church with Pastor A.C. Tryon officiating. He will be laid to rest in Grace Memorial Park Cemetery  in Hitchcock, TX.

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