Sunray Founder dead...........

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Dec 17, 2002
Bonham Tx.
Thomas Leon Elliston (1937 - 2009)
Thomas Leon Elliston, 71, an honorable man, went home Thursday, May 21, 2009.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Memorials: Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Vitas Innovative Hospice charitable fund, 2501 Parkview Drive, Ste 600, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Tom was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to so many. For those who knew and loved him, he was a valiant warrior to the very end.
He was born Aug. 20, 1937, in Dallas to Leon and Virginia Elliston. He graduated with an engineering degree from Southern Methodist University. He then went on to found several companies, including Elliston and Chance, Hydra Rig, Sunray Investments, Cudd Pressure Control, American Casehole and Sunray Engineering.
He was an inventor of many things, from oil field equipment to jeep components, and held a total of 45 patents at the time of his death. He was so very talented at everything he did, from helping a grandson repair a flat bicycle tire to designing an offshore oil rig.
He was very generous and would give the shirt off his back to someone in need and refuse anything in return. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of 30-plus years and did everything he could up to the very end to provide for her. He was a protective and strong father to his six children, not including their many friends who called him Dad or Mr. Tom.
He was a kind and gentle grandfather to his multiple grandkids. To his many friends he was honest and true to his word. He has touched so many people's lives that he will live on in their memories. He will be so deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Virginia Elliston; in-laws, Forest and Marjorie Cayce; son, Darren Wayne Elliston; and grandson, Landen Ryan McAllister.
Survivors: Devoted wife, Cherry Elliston; sister, Carolyn Peitzch and husband, Mike; daughters, Cheryl McAllister and husband, Marvin, of Mineral Wells and Susan Fuller and husband, Mark, of Kennesaw, Ga.; sons, Wesley Elliston of Fort Worth, Cayce Elliston and wife, Lisa, of Fort Worth and Steve Elliston and wife, Lisa, of Plano; 16 grandkids; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Published in Star-Telegram on 5/24/2009

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