James “Ryan” Elliott, 36, originally from Jackson, Tennessee, died in Scott, Louisiana on March 12, 2020, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident involving a drunk driver. He was born September 11, 1983, in Jackson, Tennessee, the son of James “Brent” Elliott and Sheryl “Sherry” (Kail) Elliott. Ryan attended East Union Daycare before starting school in the Jackson-Madison County school system and maintained friendships with some of his daycare buddies throughout his adult life. He attended Pope Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Parkway Middle School, Tigrett Middle School and graduated from Jackson-Central Merry High School. He received a degree in computer networking from Jackson State Community College and attended The University of Tennessee, Martin.
In his youth, Ryan played T-Ball, county league football, church league basketball and received his brown belt in Tae kwon do. He started playing the trumpet in middle school and continued through high school as part of the marching band. He enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing and riding motorcycles with his dad and playing video games. He attended First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Tennessee and was active in the youth program through elementary, middle and high school. He started working at Wal-Mart when he was in high school and continued while he was in college.
Ryan moved to Louisiana in 2014 where he enjoyed living and working. He installed and maintained satellite communication equipment on oil rigs and towers for Tampnet. He loved the opportunity to climb the towers and frequently took selfies with a huge grin on his face while he was at the top of a tower. He had the opportunity to ride his beloved motorcycle most of the year due to the mild weather in the area and rode every chance he got with his best friend Stephen. He made a great life in Louisiana and loved his job, his friends and life in general. He had a huge heart and was always ready to help a friend in any way he could.
Ryan is survived by his parents Brent and Sherry Elliott of Jackson, TN; his sister Robyn Elliott (Tim) Brook of Medina, TN; his cherished nephews, Oliver and William Brook; his paternal grandmother, Norma June Pafford Elliott Anderson; his paternal aunt, Ann Elliott (Amos) Ragan, cousins Adam (Jera) Ragan of Dallas, Texas; Michael (Bethani) Ragan of Jackson, TN; maternal uncles Douglas (Gyrit) Kail and Richard Kail of Haywood County, TN; cousins Bianka Sorensen and Joshua Kail of Herning, Denmark and Samantha Kail of Haywood County, TN. He is also survived by his close friends Stephen Greer and Karla Wade of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana formerly of Jackson, TN. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Dr. James Irvin Elliott and Nolan Anderson, as well as maternal grandparents J.L. Kail, Jr and Anna Lee Hendon Kail.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date when friends and family can gather to celebrate Ryan’s life and share cherished memories. Cremation was performed by Melancon Funeral Homes, Inc. in Carencro, Louisiana.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorials to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept, 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908; or First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1730 Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN 38305 in his name.