Leighton Elkins - Blackville

Funeral services for MSG (RET) Leighton Corey Elkins, 90, of Blackville, will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Ghents Branch Baptist Church with the Reverend Sunny Mooney officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with U.S. military honors accorded. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 28 at Folk Funeral Home, Denmark. Memorial contributions may be sent to Family Life Center, Ghents Branch Church, 1974 Ghents Branch Road, Denmark, S.C. 29042, Wounded Warrior Project, 701 Greene St., Augusta, Ga. 30901 or a VA charity of one’s choice.

Mr. Leighton passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Born in Denmark, he was a son of the late Jefferson Anion Elkins and Rebecca Haseltine Smoak Elkins and was married to the late Dorothy Huffman Elkins for 62 years. He was a member of Ghents Branch Baptist Church. He received an associate’s degree in HVAC, was manager of the Bi-Rite in Barnwell for a number of years, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He retired as a MSG/E8 from the U.S. Army, loved his family and was especially proud of his service and for the men and women who serve their country.

Survivors include his daughters, Debbie E. (Carlton) Owens of Blackville, Beverly J. (Jimmy) Castro of Aiken, Brenda E. (Darrell) Ferraro of Appling, Ga., Marian E. (Leonard) Collins of Sylvania, Ga., Connie E. (Henry) Moore of Aiken; 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Lynn Elkins; his sisters, Edna Drake, Gladys Hair; his brothers, Marion, Quentis, Thurman, Floyd, Elisha, Benjamin and Boyd Elkins.

Folk Funeral Home, Denmark, is assisting the family. Please visit their online registry at www.folkfuneralhome.com.