Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Greatest Investor

Deacon Phillip Elliott
This post is about the most important man there ever was in my life.  My Grandfather, the late Deacon Phillip Elliott.  He was the man in previous posts I wrote about that taught me how to think of others besides myself, how to use my money wisely, to always trust God no matter the circumstance(s), and whatever you do, be the best.
My Grandfather was the next to the youngest of 21 children from Rustburg, Va.  Some of his older brothers and sisters, according to what he told me, he never met until his father passed in his early 20s.  Most of them moved up North.

When I was a little girl, I was a Papa's baby.  Through my youthful eyes, I saw no wrong in this man.  He was my everything.  As I became older, I began to see a few of his flaws, but I also saw how he controlled his flaws and not allow them to control him.
Although he only had a third grade education, he was the biggest advocate for education in our family.  He always told us to do and become better than what he did.  With that in mine, I never stopped struggling to continue with my education.  Next month, my family, friends, and I will celebrate me graduating from National college with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - Management.  I will began Grad school in June.  Because of Granddaddy, today our family is enriched with Ministers, Teachers, Entrepreneurs, Poets, Writers, Musicians/Songwriters/Singers, and other greatness.
I remember on his death bed, we shared a lot of things about ourselves.  I remember him reflecting back over his life.  One of my many quotes summarizes his life, "Man is only as strong as his faith.  The more it is exercised, the stronger he becomes".  ~Elegant Granny

RIP Granddaddy.  All thanks to God for allowing him to be a very important factor in my life.

Much love,


  1. Beautiful tribute to your grandfather.

  2. @ WomenAreGamechangers Thank you so much. He was the rock of our family. We all miss him so much!

  3. He input much greatness into all of his children and there seeds, i honor the memories of this Great Man.....I love you Grandaddy.........Thank you for showing me what a ral Man Of supposed to be!

  4. It's good to reflect on OUR ancestors. WE know they had the same struggles that we face today(back then even worse)yet they perservered. And, like he said It's also a barometer to do better than the last generation. I shall move forward in my great uncles name.

  5. @trwjsj Thanks for reading and commenting. You're right. It would be a shame not to move forward. It would be as if they went through all they had to endure in vain if we did not move forward.

  6. Thank you for that moving post Elegant Granny. It made me think of my 2 grandmothers who were always there for me, the family and friends and the community. We were blessed to have such special people in our lives.

    1. @ Prospector, You are so welcome. And thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I appreciate it.