It is hard to imagine if you know Tommy Elliott today that he credits most of his athletic ability coming from being the smallest kid in the neighborhood when he was growing up in South Boston in the early 50s as opposed to today.
Elliott, the owner of Elliott Electric in South Boston and Danville, got used to being shoved around on the playgrounds and backyards we all called ballfields. As Tommy got older, he grew up quickly and added height and weight, and it helped him mature into a pretty good athlete.
Elliott led the Western District in scoring his junior year at Halifax in basketball, and he was named Honorable Mention all-state and All-Western District when the league was one of the strongest in the state. Having the likes of G.W., E.C. Glass, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, the league championships were common among some of the best in the state.
Tommy started his athletic career in baseball playing what was called Little Boys Baseball before it was named Dixie Youth. He played under the guidance of Joe Vanney and Dick Burgess, just to name a few. He also played for the Cyclones in the Midget Basketball program at the armory.
Ironically, when he came to South Boston to work, live and raise a family, he, along with his buddy, Jim Burton, coached the Cyclones to several league championships. As baseball came along, he teamed up with another classmate, Mason Day Jr., to coach the Legion team. Together they won several championships and coached several all-star teams, but never made it back to the Dixie Youth World Series, an event he played in twice. He continued on with Connie Mack Baseball as he got older, but as he got older his calling was yet to come.
Playing for the legendary Hank Hamrick in what was to become Coach’s last year at Halifax, Tommy blossomed into a scoring machine, and as before mentioned, he led the District in scoring and won several VHSL awards. His senior year was not the one everyone was looking for as he had a blood vessel burst in his leg, and with a new coach taking over (Weidaman), Tommy was never given the chance to let it heal. If you wonder why, that is another story for later.
After high school, Tommy went to Ferrum College to further his education. On his return home, he joined his dad in the family-owned electric business. After his Dad, Bim, passed away, Tommy took over the family-owned business and turned it into one of the largest family-owned electrical businesses in the state.
As Tommy’s two sons finished school, they joined the business, with Chris working in the financial and human relations end and Kevin working in the service end of it. A third child, a daughter, Denise, lives in Charleston, South Carolina, but like all close knit families, they visit and stay in touch.
When T returned home, he never forgot his hometown. He got into youth sports, is presently involved with the IDA of the town, and is currently the chairman. He now enjoys relaxing with his golf buddies, and when he has time, helping his wife, Jane, around the house with projects.
In his younger days, Tommy played a lot of slow-pitch softball in the county. Winns Creek and Heileg Myers were just two of the teams he played on. He told me he did not realize how much fun you could have competing against your friends and socializing.
Tommy Elliott is a man that you are proud to call a friend, glad he lives in our hometown and thankful he shares his memories with us all. To T, Jane, Denise, Chris and Kevin, thank you for Making Memories.