Kyle Clifton Eller Sr.

Kyle Clifton Eller Sr.

Elk Creek, Grayson County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Jan 1964 (aged 66)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 178043821 · View Source
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From the Statesville Record & Landmark, Statesville, NC, Wednesday, January 29, 1964

KYLE CLIFTON ELLER, SR. —A man's life, however full, can seem pretty barren when you come to set down his attainments in cold type at the end. And the utimate in word economy is usually achieved on the stone that marks his grave, reducing his whole record on this planet to a name and two dates. All too often that becomes the public record of his life, as if the most important things he ever did were the three he had nothing to do with—being born, receiving a name and finally answering a summons from which none escapes. There was more to Kyle C. Eller, Sr., than that. There was on the public record such achievements as success in business, service to his country, his church and his community through its clubs and organizations. He was president of Interstate Equipment company. He was a vestryman in his church. And he wore the uniform of an officer in the United States army during the first world war. But there was much more on the private record than many of his friends and fellow citizens dreamt of. It can only be mentioned in general terms here because that was the way he wanted it. Kyle Eller was one of the most generous contributors in this whole community to those causes — civic, educational, charitable — which the newspaper most often must serve as midwife. And it was a mark of the man that he never wanted credit for the good that he did. Above all, Kyle Eller was a man of strong convictions and fierce loyalties. You never had to approach him with a divining rod to discover where he stood; and, once he decided where his loyalties lay, it was not necessary to plumb his shadow daily to see if by chance he was leaning the other way. Kyle Eller, of course, had his weaknesses, as do all of us; if they injured anybody, it was himself. When the final balance is struck, the plus by far outweighs the minus. And that, in the end, is the measure by which we all must be judged. It is comforting to feel that while many of us are still floundering here below, Kyle Eller has already hooked a dragline on the other shore."

There's likely more to that article, but I couldn't locate it. Mr. Eller was a son of Melissa Belle Cornett and her first husband W. L. Repass, but her second husband Benjamin H. "Ben" Eller appears to have adopted him when he was a small child. He had one full sister, Nallie Repass Eller (1895-1907), and a number of half siblings. He served in the US Army during World War One, and was graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1919.

Mr. Eller married Miss Arabel "Belle" Besselieu of Savannah, Georgia, and they lived in Statesville, NC. They were close friends of my grandmother's family, and I believe Mr. Eller was in some business ventures with her brother, Carrold Adam Stearns.

Mr. and Mrs. Eller moved to Charlotte around 1929, but eventually came back to Statesville. They had two sons, Kyle Clifton Eller, Jr. (1929-1975, m. Elizabeth Miller) and Franklin Hardee Eller.

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  • Created by: John Field Pankow
  • Added: 2 Apr 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 178043821
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Kyle Clifton Eller Sr. (24 Jul 1897–26 Jan 1964), Find a Grave Memorial no. 178043821, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by John Field Pankow (contributor 46637223) .