We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
Frank Edward Elliott was born March 27, 1936 in Hampton, Virginia to the late Catherine P. McCullers. He was the younger of two children: his sister, Pearl Davis lives in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating from Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, Frank attended Howard University and Hampton Institute, and in 1955, joined the U.S. Air Force. Frank married Glynne Nathan in 1962; that union produced a son, Marc Leighton Elliott, in 1968. After meeting at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan, Frank married the love of his life, the late Joan Elaine (Anthony) Buckholtz in 1972. That union added teenagers William Sr., Walter, Donna, and David Buckholtz to his family, and lasted 48 years until Joan’s sudden passing on March 22, 2021.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1975 with the rank of Technical Sergeant, Frank used the G.I. Bill to complete his Associate’s degree from Anne Arundel Community College, and Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Maryland, simultaneously working full-time, and hosting a weekend radio show at WDCU 90.1, “Another Saturday Night with Frank Elliott.” Frank was committed to his family and worked hard to support them. His first job after retirement was as a custodian, and he worked his way through the ranks to become a global trainer for the Armed Services. After retiring as a trainer, he pursued a career as a substitute teacher in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools system.
Frank was a member of the Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), and an active member of the Ft. Meade Protestant community for four decades, participating in what is now the Contemporary Worship Service at 6th Armored Cavalry Chapel (ChapelNext). He loved gathering his family (and extended family) for Sunday brunches, pool parties, outings to Toby’s Dinner Theater, trips to Sight and Sound in Pennsylvania, anniversary celebrations at local eateries, and the variety of functions sponsored by his organization, the EMBREEDA Social Club, where he served as President, Vice-President, and finally Entertainment Officer for several years.
Frank Elliott was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who truly loved, and was truly loved by, his family. With his passing less than a year after his wife Joan’s homegoing, they leave behind a legacy of faith, hope, and love.
Frank is survived by five children: William Sr. (Linda), Walter (Soraja), Donna Hudson (Norwood Richardson, or “Rick”), David (Karen), and Marc (Kim); sister Pearl Davis, brothers-in-law Robert Davis, James, Donald Sr., and Roger Anthony, sister-in-law Shirley Branch (Maurice); grandchildren William Buckholtz II, Licaiah Gates (Shawn), Ephraim, Brandon, and Shana Buckholtz, Brenda Delbrey, Ashley and Michael Hudson, and Cain Elliott; and nine great-grandchildren: Kishon, Kyasia, and Keziah Jackson; Ephraim Jr., Esionta “EZ” and EyE’Emiriande “I” Buckholtz; Osmany Jr. and Anthony Delbrey; and Serenity Elliott. Frank also leaves behind nieces Renee and Shawn Coles; nephews Lyle (Sandra), Kevin, and Donald Coles, Jr.; a cousin, Jean Alley, an aunt, Annie Copling; and a host of friends who became extended family.
The family will receive friends at the Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P. A. 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113 on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. A Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on
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