View Full Version : Laying to rest a member of the greatest generation

06-09-2008, 09:41 AM
I'm really going to miss him, but to live to age 91, walk into the hospital make the nurses laugh (and cry a little on the inside), not ever have to know he wouldn't wake up is phenominal. The surgion who did the operation discovered an inoperable mass enveloping several major organs. Leah scrubs for the surgical group, the surgeon actually watched my children in the waiting room for about an hour while we waited for the inevitable.

He could fix anything, and woud do anything for anybody at any time.

Mr. Elbert Costner was born in Cleveland County. He served in the Army during World War II and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and participated in the D-Day Landing. He retired as the owner of Elbert Costner Real Estate.
He was a member of First Baptist Church where he had 58 years of perfect attendance and served as a deacon and general Sunday school secretary for over 25 years. He was a member of Crusaders Sunday School Class, Member Exchange Club, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was a former Scout leader for First Baptist Church pack 2 and troop 101 for 28 years. He was also a member of Gardner-Webb University Christian Service Organization.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Leona Dedmon Costner.

There is no doubt he is dancing with my grandmother right now.


06-09-2008, 09:47 AM
sorry for you loss!!!

Another FINE American laid to rest.

I will see you on the high ground Mr Costner.

06-09-2008, 10:08 AM
It was 64 years to the day that he took a mortar shell to the head and had a percussion grenade go off next to his ear. When triage was taking place he could hear the medics talking about him. They said that boy ain't gonna make it. Go get those others over there. By some miracle. One of his buddies picked him up and carried him to the medics, and said he's still breathing. When he woke up three days later he couldn't feel his legs. He and the doctors thought he was paralyzed. What the had faild to notice is that he had been laying on his field knife the entire time he was in the hospital. They removed it from his belt. He regained feeling. As a result of the mortar and grenade injuries he never heard anything out of his left ear or tasted or smelled again. He never complained about it, saying a lot of boys left there in a lot worse shape than he did.

06-09-2008, 10:11 AM
Bert, I am sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences for you and Leah and the entire family.

06-09-2008, 10:13 AM
We are sorry to hear of your loss and our prayers are with you.

06-09-2008, 10:19 AM

I am so sorry
My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family


T Scott
06-09-2008, 10:29 AM
Sympathies to you and your family. Sounds like he was a great man.

06-09-2008, 10:37 AM
Thoughts are with you. Sounds like you have a ton of good memories to pass on.

06-09-2008, 11:15 AM
I am sorry to hear about your loss.

06-09-2008, 11:21 AM
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family, he sounds like he was a heck of a man..........Cec

06-09-2008, 11:34 AM
Many of that generation were truly heroes. I had 2 grandfathers that also fought in WWII. One also participated in D-day as a paratrooper.

Sorry for your loss.

06-09-2008, 11:47 AM
its sucks losing the good ones.......

tight lines to him........

06-09-2008, 11:56 AM
Bert, I'm so sorry for your loss. You, Leah, and the rest of your family are in our prayers.

06-09-2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks everybody..

east tx skier
06-09-2008, 01:24 PM
Monte, my sympathies to you and yours. Sounds like he lived a great life. That is something we should all hope for. It doesn't make it any easier to lose him to be sure. We'll be thinking about you guys.


06-09-2008, 01:29 PM
Your family has my prayers, my friend. I wish I could have met him.

06-09-2008, 01:34 PM

My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family!

06-09-2008, 01:54 PM
You have my sympathy and condolences.

I know it dosn't make it any easier right now, but what a wonderful life to Celebrate!

06-09-2008, 02:00 PM
I am sorry to hear about your loss. Sometimes it is easier to know that a person is now at peace or reunited with loved ones. But there will always be the anguish that you yourself and others were left behind. Prayers for you that you have strength and the ability to reflect on and keep good memories and look forward to being reunited one day yourself. God Bless your family.


06-09-2008, 02:12 PM
So sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like he did a lot to touch the lives of many people in a positive way. It's hard to lose people like that. Take care and I'll remember you and your family in my prayers.

06-09-2008, 02:23 PM
Sorry to hear of the loss brother. Sounds like he was a tough one. Take care brother.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
06-09-2008, 02:43 PM
I never know what to say monte. Sorry for your loss. may he rest in peace in the better place he is in now.

06-09-2008, 02:56 PM
My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family, he sounds like a true leader and will be deeply missed

06-09-2008, 03:14 PM
Very sorry to hear about losing such a good man. Sounds like he led a good and full life.

06-09-2008, 03:28 PM
Sorry for your loss. Our sympathies and prayers are with you and your family.

06-09-2008, 06:55 PM
Thanks for sharing that Monte and I hope that you can find comfort in a life WELL lived. He sounds like one heck of a man.

I recently lost my grandfather, of similar character, and I found comfort in knowing that he is now with my grandmother.

06-09-2008, 06:59 PM
Sorry for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family. That is some story about the percussion grenade and the mortar. God speed.

06-09-2008, 07:17 PM
Very sorry for your loss.

06-09-2008, 08:43 PM
Monte, sorry for your great loss, pal! Hang in there!:(

TX.X-30 fan
06-09-2008, 09:07 PM
Those were touching sentiments, Soon all of these brave men and women will be gone. Left will be people like yourself that know the sacrifices. God bless.

06-09-2008, 09:38 PM
Thanks all. I am mostly glad that he didn't suffer.

BTW.. I found out today, he won a watermelon seed spitting competition on Friday.. Go figure..

06-09-2008, 10:38 PM
Thanks all. I am mostly glad that he didn't suffer.

BTW.. I found out today, he won a watermelon seed spitting competition on Friday.. Go figure..

Greatness until the end!

You have our thoughts and prayers for your family.

Rest in peace, and thank you for your service sir.

06-09-2008, 11:00 PM
So sorry for your loss, he sounds like he lived a wonderfully full life. You are so lucky to have had such a wonderful influence in your life.