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Graveside funeral services will be at 2:00 pm today, Sunday, May 7, at Crestwood Cemetery for Verdell Elrod, 95, who died Friday. Brother Roger Collins will be officiating.
Verdell was a proud veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army as a medic in both France and Germany.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Audrey Ernestine "Teen" Elrod and his pistol ball poodle dog PJ. His parents, Sam and Maude Elrod; brothers, Buford, Marvin, O'Neill and J.D. "Jake" Elrod; and sister, Velma Elrod Garmany.
He is survived by his sister Gladys Westmoreland; nieces, Patsy Lea (Jay Wolkov); Nancy Akers, Audreanna "Andi" Schmidt (Rob Berry) and Tanya DeNardi (Dean), nephews, David Westmoreland (Paulette) and Jason Elrod (Kristi); great nephew, Alex Schmidt, great nieces, Kristy Cobb (Tim), Stacey Filadora (Victor), Lori Holth (James), Gina DeNardi and Lola DeNardi, sisters in-law, Dorothy Elrod and Margie Elrod.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Chance Shelter, 130 County Road 398, Boaz, AL 35957 or Walnut Park Baptist Church, 300 Wilson Street, Gadsden, AL 35904.
Special thanks to 7th floor nursing staff at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, the Gadsden Regional Cancer Center staff, many special doctors and their PA's. The kindness of Robert and Becky Sosebee and Tonya Pollard is especially appreciated.
The family will receive friends graveside at 2:00 pm with the service beginning at 2:45 pm.