POINT PLEASANT — Finding your newspaper in your paper box or in your driveway each morning can often be taken for granted, until it goes away.
Henry William Elliott, 75, of Point Pleasant, a longtime newspaper carrier of the Point Pleasant Register, died on Jan. 19 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Elliott began his career as a page maker with the local newspaper at the age of 15 back in the days before image setters and computer plate machines.
Elliott then delivered newspapers in Mason County in the Point Pleasant, Leon, Henderson and Letart areas and had over 150 customers.
Greg Weatherbee, regional manufacturing director for Civitas Media’s Ohio Valley Publishing (which includes the Point Pleasant Register), said for 30 years, Elliott never missed a night of work when the Register was a day paper.
“That in of itself is impressive,” Weatherbee said.
Elliott was a colorful character who was affectionately known as “dude” by most who knew him because he called everyone he met “dude” - whether man, woman or child. Weatherbee said since Elliott became unexpectedly ill last week, the vast majority of his customers called to check on him and were more concerned about his well being than getting their newspaper.
Customers on Elliott’s route are currently being serviced by OVP Circulation Manager Jessica Chason and OVP is actively seeking someone to take over the route permanently.
However, as Weatherbee put it, there was really no replacing “dude” and that he was “one of a kind.”
“We’re all saddened by his untimely passing and his family members are in our thoughts,” Weatherbee added.
Funeral services for Elliot will be held at the Deal Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Carl Swisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Lone Oak Cemetery also in Point Pleasant. Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, January 21, from 6-8 p.m.