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Elza Pulliam

Elza Pulliam, known to friends as "Shorty", passed away on August 29, 2019 at the age of 91. Shorty was born September 8, 1927 in Ellisville, Mississippi. During his service as a Marine, Shorty served in World War II and Korea. He was a member of the Lions Club, American Legion, and a 50- year member of the Shriners. He was owner and operator of Pulliam Body Shop in Ellisville until his retirement. A loving Christian, Shorty was member of First Baptist Church in Ellisville.

Shorty was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Elza and Lelia Lowe Pulliam and brothers, Charles Pulliam and Buddy Pulliam (Pat).

Shorty will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 69 years, Betty Lowe Pulliam, and children; Diane Bass (Jim), Rita Rose (Richard) and Don Pulliam (Helen). Grandchildren Stacy Bass Lofton, Lance Bass, Ryan Reid, Derek Reid, Holli Pulliam Barefoot, Amber Pulliam and Ty Pulliam. "Papa" will be missed by his 16 beloved great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Milton Pulliam (Betsy) and sister- in - law Mary Elizabeth Pulliam.

A celebration of Elza "Shorty" Pulliam will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Ellisville Funeral Home. Visitation will be at 2pm with the service following at 3pm. Officiating the service will be Reverend Paul Brashier with interment following at Ellisville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ryan Reid, Derek Reid, Lance Bass, Ty Pulliam, Ford Lofton and Britt Barefoot.

The family extends a special thank you to Jones County Rest Home for their loving care, compassion and professionalism. Your kindness will always be remembered. We would also like to express our gratitude to all of Shorty's precious friends who showed so much love during his final days.

(Memorial contributions may be made to the Amber Pulliam Special Endowment at the University of Southern Mississippi. Call 888-giveUSM, reference is fund #1458)

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Elza Pulliam
September 8, 1927 - August 29, 2019




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