William Bradley Elkins (Bill)

William Bradley Elkins (Bill) 83 of Stephenson, VA passed away October 2, 2020 at home.

Mr. Elkins was born on August 8, 1937 in Orlean, VA the son of the late Thomas William and Jessie Mae Jewell Elkins. He was preceded in death by seven siblings and late wife Donna Bailey Elkins.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years Geneva Elkins, a son William Thomas Elkins (Tom), his wife Samantha J Elkins, six grandchildren Laura, Sarah, Jon, Anna, Caroline and Rachel. Two siblings Arthur and Phyllis, five stepchildren, seven step grandchildren and fifteen step great grandchildren, also many nieces and nephews.

After over 30 years in the painting business, Bill started his own successful commercial painting company in 1996 (Elkins Painting and Wallcovering, Inc of Sterling VA) where he dedicated himself until his health caused him to retire.

The funeral will be held at Maddox Funeral Home at 2 P.M. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 105 W Main St. Front Royal, VA with Pastor Greg Amos officiating. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The service will conclude at Willis Chapel in Huntley, VA.

Donations can be made to Greenwood Fire Department of Winchester and/or Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester. There will be no reception.

  4 comments for “William Bradley Elkins (Bill)

  1. Steve Stroud
    October 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Tom,

    My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to you and your family with the passing of Bill. He was from the old school, and icon in this commercial painting industry. I enjoyed the time that I worked for him.

  2. Cindy Athey
    October 6, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    A brush with death always helps us to live our lives better.

    I met and went to lunch with Bill Elkins approximately 20 years . I must say, I realized after wards , I had just had the opportunity to met and talk to a true ” ICON ” of the Paint industry . He lived in the day when : Unions were strong , when : man were eager to learn the trade, in all aspects with a since of pride ,when: you worked hard for an honest days pay, when: man of the trade relied and had confidence that their family would be taken care of , when a hand shake was a bond of your word , and when loyalty had a meaning.

    I would call them the “good old days” . That day 20 years ago ,Bill had made a difference in my life and how viewed the trade , its history and meaning. My deepest heartfelt condolences to you Tommy and the family . My thoughts and prayers are with you all . Bill is up there in heaven with Jerry Sr. watching over us
    and hoping we keep the values alive .RIP Bill

  3. Pete Pittroff
    October 7, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Tom, so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May he rest in peace and my deepest condolences to you and family. Our relationship goes back almost 50 years. I have many fond memories of our adventures together both in business and personal life.
    God bless.
    Pete

  4. Jeff Storm
    October 7, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Tommy,
    When I got into this paint business (fiasco is what I call it today) back when my father- in law had Hudson Shatz this is where I met your dad. Bill was funny as all get out and gave me some pointers on painting in my early years. I know back in the day like Cindy mentioned in her comment “the good ole days”, I am glad to have been a part of that time and had a chance to not only meet Bill but work with him and his crew on the weekends. Bill was outstanding, knew the business and helped Hudson Shatz be the success that it was then. If George Ducas and Wayne Sheetz were around today they would be saying the same. I know Heaven has one heck of a paint crew up there! Our sincere condolences to you, your family and friends and may Bill rest in peace.

    Jeff & Michele Storm

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