Ray Elrod Obituary, Death – Ray Elrod, who served the people of Dalton as a councilman and later as mayor for more than two decades, died on Monday. His age was given as 85. He will be remembered as a devoted public worker who cherished his hometown of Dalton, Georgia. “Ray set the example for all of us with how much he loved the City of Dalton,” stated David Pennington, who was elected mayor after Elrod stepped down in 2008. Whenever a resident had a problem with the City, they could phone Ray, the ex-mayor, and he would personally see to it that it was resolved. For twenty years, Raymond A. Elrod, Sr. represented Dalton as a member of the city council.
Annalee Sams, a member of the City Council, remarked, “Mayor Elrod’s service will be remembered and appreciated for many years to come.” Elrod, a native of Ringgold who earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia, relocated to Dalton to work in advertising at the Daily Citizen. However, his time at the paper was brief before he left to pursue a career in company ownership in the carpet and textile industries. Elrod’s passions also included helping the greater good of society. He served on the Dalton city council for a combined 12 years throughout two separate, nonconsecutive terms in the 1980s and 1990s.
After that, from 2000 to 2008, he served as mayor for two consecutive terms. A number of significant city-wide improvements were made during Elrod’s tenure as mayor. The rebirth of downtown Dalton began with the completion of these projects, which included the building of City Hall on Waugh Street and extensive streetscape upgrades. He also participated in Leadership Dalton-Whitfield, the Dalton Elks Lodge, the Dalton Shrine Club, the Jaycees, and the Dalton Masonic Temple. In addition, he participated on the Recreation Commission for the city of Dalton. The citizens of Dalton mourn his passing and extend their sympathies to his wife, Susan Elrod, and his numerous relatives and friends.