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Elijah James Yelverton (EJ,) a native of Elba, Alabama transitioned from life on this earth to an eternal life with God on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
EJ was born on December 25, 1937 to the late Henrietta Howard and adopted by the late David and Johnnie Yelverton. At an early age, EJ was baptized and became a member of the Elba Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He attended school in Elba and graduated from the Mulberry Heights High School formerly known as Elba Colored School. EJ was an employee of Dorsey Trailers for over 37 years. He retired in 2000 when the plant closed its doors.
EJ was a lover and collector of music. Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Rap, you name it and EJ most likely had it. From the 1950s to 2016, EJ invested in the music industry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Johnnie Yelverton and Henrietta Howard; and his sister, Robert Jean McBride.
God blessed EJ’s life with a loving and devoted wife of 54 years; Gladys Yelverton. Together they had two sons; Kenneth (Marilyn) Yelverton of Enterprise, AL and David (Regina) Yelverton of Wichita Falls, TX; seven grandchildren; Shai (Nicholas) Nelson, Karizmah (Stephen) Magwood of Elba, AL, Elijah and Yasmine Yelverton of Tallahassee, FL, Demisha (Pedro) Vega of Queens, NY, Dennis and Deandrea Nesbitt of Enterprise, AL; six great grandchildren; Brynn, Kennedy, August, Theo, Lucas and Ryan; one sister, Gail Quinn, Miami, FL; two sisters-in-law; Peggy Banks, New Brockton, AL and Willene Brown (Jimmy), Far Rockaway, New York; one brother-in-law; Clarence Hurt, St. Albans, New York, several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and children that called him “pa-pa’.