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OAKWOOD — Sue Cook Elkins, 81, formerly of Oakwood, VA, passed away peacefully February 20, 2017 in Lebanon, VA. Sue was born in Page, VA to Vernon and Carrie Cook on July 26, 1935.
She was a 1954 graduate of Garden High School and earned a business degree from McLain's Business College in Bluefield, WV. She began her career at the Buchanan County Clerk's office, then worked for several years as a secretary at the Buchanan County Vocational School. Sue left the school system to work for the then newly established United Coal Company, where she retired as their Benefits Administrator in 2000. Sue enjoyed vacationing in Myrtle Beach, decorating her home in Abingdon, VA and entertaining family and friends. She was a member of the Abingdon Moose Club and Green Springs Presbyterian Church. She considered her greatest accomplishment raising her three sons and enjoying their achievements.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Carrie Cook; her sister, Harriet Cook Coxton; her former husband, BJ Elkins; and her special companion, Clayton Keen.
Sue is survived by three sons, Jerry Elkins of Raven, VA, Jeff (Teresa) Elkins of Bastian, VA, and David (Jennifer) Elkins of Atlanta, GA; three grandsons, Benjamin Elkins of Bastian, VA; Gavin and Samuel Elkins of Atlanta, GA; two nieces Celeste Kacedan of Fairfax, VA and Angela Montano of Los Angeles, CA; brother-in-law, William 'Bill' Coxton of Gold Canyon, AZ; and special cousins; Thomas 'Tom' McGlothlin of Bristol, TN, James 'Jim' McGlothlin of Bristol, VA, Michael 'Mickey' McGlothlin of Oakwood, VA; Van Hamlin of Bristol, VA; Bill Henry Miller of Bristol, VA; and Nancy Cook Duty of Rowe, VA.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her friends and to the staff of Kissito Maple Grove in Lebanon, VA for their support in her final days.
A service to celebrate Sue's life is planned for spring. Details will be announced through friends, family and local media.
Published on February 22, 2017
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