Theodore Samuel Elonis, age 79, of Pinehurst, and formerly of Sutton, West Virginia died Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will be held in June in New Jersey.

A native of Donaldson, PA , he was the son of the late Samuel and Thelma (Kimmel) Elonis .Ted retired from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 9 of Central NJ. Additionally, he was a pastor at the Church of God in Riverside, NJ.

An avid outdoorsman he retired to West Virginia and built a log home. In 1986 he was a thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail completing it in 169 days. Ted was active at the Wayside Church in Sutton, WV and served on the recycling committee in Sutton. He was also instrumental in getting the water line for Poplar Ridge residents of West Virginia.

Throughout his life he was privileged to travel to many places including Jerusalem, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica and throughout the Western United States; also living in Washington state for a couple of years. He loved hunting, fishing, hiking and boating. Most of all he loved people and they loved him back.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Richard and Joseph Elonis.

He is survived by: his wife, Evelyn Osborne Elonis; son Theodore  Elonis, Jr.; two daughters, Tawny Steff and Ginger Elonis; two step-sons, Ed Keller and Ronald Keller; sister, Mary Steiner; two brothers, Samuel Elonis Jr. and wife Toni, Timothy Elonis; nine grandchildren; a lifelong friend who was like a brother Frank Keating and his neighbor Nova Sandy who Ted referred to as his “friend and angel.”

Powell Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Elonis family.

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  1. Dear Sam and Toni,
    I am so very sorry for your loss and my deepest sympathies to your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time…. May he Rest in Eternal Peace…..

  2. May your light continue to shine upon us all. You will be greatly missed. Rest among the heavens in Jesus’s arms. Until we met again. Amen.

  3. Dear Shelly & family,
    You are all in our thoughts & prayers !! Ted was a great brother & brother-in-law. So many great times & memories !! He loved you so much, Shelly !! He is in Jesus’s tender, loving care in Paradise. God bless you !! With Heartfelt Sympathy,

    Love, Sammy & Toni XOXO

  4. Sam & Tim,
    Remembering Ted and you both at this sad time with love & prayers.
    Judy Orr, Ventnor, New Jersey (formerly of Jingoli)

  5. Family,

    We are so sorry for the tremendous loss of “Uncle Ted”. The Family will miss him so. We will keep the entire family in our prayers and thoughts.

  6. Had the opportunity to work with Ted and Sam in late 1990’s in AC. Challenging job but one I looked forward to going to work on. We accomplished a lot while having a positive work environment . Ted and Sam are talented craftsmen. Teds leadership and approachability rank with the best of them. My deepest condolences to his family on this loss. John I.s

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