John “Tommy” McElwrath

John McElwrath

John “Tommy” McElwrath, 65, of China Spring, passed away Thursday, July 9th.

Celebration of Life Service: 2PM Friday, July 17th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Gayle officiating. John would prefer you “come as you are.”

A reception will follow in the funeral home’s reception Center.

Private Burial: China Spring Cemetery.

Visitation: 6 to 8PM Thursday, July 16th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco.

John was born November 23, 1949 in Waco to John and Mary Ellen (Lucas) McElwrath. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1973 on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during Vietnam. He worked at the Waco V.A. Hospital for six years, and worked for U.S. Postal Service for over 20 Years. He married Gloria on October 31, 1994.

He was preceded in death by his son, JT McElwrath in 2005; and his parents, John and Mary McElwrath.

Survivors include wife of 20 years, Gloria McElwrath; children, Chad McElwrath, Ammanda Wright, Michelle Wright, and Doug Wright; nine grandchildren; sister, Alice Palasota; and his beloved cat.

John was loved and will be missed by his family.

Thoughts and memories may be shared at

Contact Information:

Lake Shore Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5201 Steinbeck Bend Dr
Waco, TX 76708
United States (US)
Phone: (254) 752-5900

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Gloria, so sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. My deepest condolences to family and friends. John and I met while serving in the U S Navy Reserves over 45 yrs ago and have friends since. He will be missed.

  3. Joe and Betty Hinton

    Gloria, We are sorry for your loss. I know you nursed John through his struggle with his illness. God bless you and your family. I know you will miss him. Love, Betty

  4. Mary Palasota

    Rest in peace Uncle Tommy.

  5. Sandy Beck Neally

    So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. Tommy and I went to school together from first grade and our parents were best friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family..may Tommy rest in peace..

  6. Henrietta Flores Villarreal

    So sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing.please accept my condolences. I went to high school with Tommy (Turtle) .He was a nice person, with a great big laugh. May God bless his family and may he rest in peace.

  7. Dr. T. Bradford Willis

    Deepest sympathy at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Pete and Michelle Groman

    Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Uncle Tommy, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort, strength and peace.

  9. Gloria, I can’t imagine what you have been through but I know that you gave your all for John and I hope you will always remember what a loving and caring spouse you were.

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