Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Elmer

Robert Jeffrey “Jeff” Elmer died Monday, February 10, 2020 in Fayetteville.  He was 61 years old.  Jeff was born in Spokane, Washington, on September 26, 1958.  Everyone that knew him knew that the love of his life was playing music with his friends.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Helen Elmer of Springdale, and his sister, Kelli Elmer, of London, England.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Cecil and Viva Sigmon, and Charles and Ruby Elmer.

No public services are planned.  Private burial will be at Friendship Cemetery.

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Donna Luckett
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Donna Luckett

Went to school with Jeff. He had the greatest smile and bell bottom pants. So sorry to hear of this tragedy. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around him. Rest in peace Jeff.

Nadia Haycraft
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Nadia Haycraft

Jeff knew everyone’s name at the Walmart layout center where he worked. He was always so kind and greeted you with a smile. He will be greatly missed. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for his friends and family going through this difficult time.

David Hyden
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David Hyden

I met Jeff and his family when they moved in their house on Henryetta. I remember when Kelli and a couple of her girlfriends started a little band and Jeff watched with intrigue, and in my opinion is where his love for music began. Wasn’t long that he had a guitar, and maybe some drums, and took over the dining room. I remember listening to records at his house and mine, and he got one of the first Black Oak Arkansas albums. Since I’m 4 years older than Jeff, I moved away after school and didn’t really reconnect with Jeff… Read more »

Sharon Rogers
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Sharon Rogers

Helen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jeff. I was a neighbor to your mother and dad on Cardinal Dr. I know you will miss him.

Rocky Parsons
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Rocky Parsons

Thank you Mr and Mrs E for raising such a fine, gentle man. Watching Jeff joyfully playing music inspired me to keep at it to this day, and I treasure the memories reading comics together growing up.

Kim Nelson Sexton
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Kim Nelson Sexton

You went to school with my older brother and this is how we knew each other. I wish you could see just how love we all had for you, how your music and singing touched us like you were playing just for everyone Now you have your Angel Wings May you Soar High my Friend and watch over your family and all us friends. We all loved you and you may be hot but you won’t be forgiven! Rest In Peace Jeff. Much love

Lynn Ball
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Lynn Ball

I met Jeff in the 80’s, through work, always smiling and so friendly. He invited us to come watch him and his band play, so talented and you could see how much he loved it. I’ve seen him play and sing many times over the years, I will miss seeing and talking with him. May he Rest In Peace.

Audrey Hacker
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Audrey Hacker

He will be so missed. Always sharing his smile with everyone. Unforgettable!

Carl Kisner
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Carl Kisner

Jeff was a Great guy to go to school with.

Vicki l. Scott
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Vicki l. Scott

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Elmer, My heart goes out to you, to Kelli, and all who are feeling the indescribable pain of losing Jeff. My heart truly breaks for you! I am so very, very, sorry for your loss. My heart is broken over Jeff’s passing. We went to hear the Cate brothers way back when, more times than I can count. Often on new years eve. We had such a good time. Once a buddy of his was playing at the lodge in Siloam Springs. He invited Jeff. And Jeff invited me as his date. His friend failed to… Read more »

Marcia Murphy Childers
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Marcia Murphy Childers

I was a classmate of Jeff’s plus we lived near your family on Mcray Street for alot of years. Jeff was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. My prayers to Jeff’s family durimg this time.

Gary and Loretta Harral
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Gary and Loretta Harral

So sorry to hear about the loss of your son.

Steele Meagan
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Steele Meagan

I knew Jeff from church at First United Methodist….Not quite sure how, because I thought he was soooo much older at the time !! I was in 6th or 7th grade when he was a junior or senior….All that to say, he was undoubtedly one of the kindest people I have ever known….He always greeted me by name !! He knew my name !! Oh wow !!! I am sure he knew all of our names..those that were in Jr. High UMY vs. the “big kids” in senior high UMY….He always took time to speak and to chat….there are very… Read more »

Mary Ann Adams
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Mary Ann Adams

I didn’t personally know Jeff but I know how important he was to a lot of my friends in the music community. Reading about him has made me sad I didn’t get to meet him. He sounds like he was such an amazing person! Prayers for Peace and understanding during this time.

Gretchen Macon
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Gretchen Macon

I worked with Jeff for several years. He was always such an upbeat person and always had a smile of his face. He use to always ask me how the Razorbacks were doing or how they were going to do because he knew I wasn’t a sports watcher. When I would give him an answer he would just laugh and tell me maybe today was the day I would be a fan. I’m going to miss seeing his smiling face at work

Kevin Sanderlin
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Kevin Sanderlin

My deepest condolences go to Jeff’s parents for their loss. It’s our loss as well. I met Jeff in the mid 90’s at the layout room where he would bring us (buyers) our freight. Jeff would stop if he wasn’t too busy and we would chat. After I left Walmart, I would see Jeff at the receiving dock when I dropped samples off. Jeff and I would always talk about what concerts we were going to because we had similar interests in music. A few months ago we were able to talk about Timmy Eason and seeing him before he… Read more »

Patty Hall
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Patty Hall

Jeff took several of my evening courses at NTI. I so enjoyed getting to know him. He just had an air of kindness about him. We had similar beliefs, and I’ll sure miss being tagged in his Trump FB posts.

Mike Patrick
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Mike Patrick

For many years Jeff and I worked together at the Fayetteville 6th street location. Jeff was a temporary then and we were pretty good friends. Jeff was the same age as my brother Scott and we would talk about our experiences as boys growing up in Fayetteville. Sometimes I would cook for the guys and we’d have a good lunch together. We had a common thread together because my Great Aunt Odessa Rowland lived on Turner street in Springdale. Jeff never forgot those stories, and from time to time would ask me to relive them and we’d have a good… Read more »

Jallandria Crawford
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Jallandria Crawford

Jeff will truly be missed at the Walmart layout center. He was always willing to help you and always asked how your day was going.
One of the nicest people I have ever met.
My thoughts and prayers to the family.

Jami (Snow) Biazo
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Jami (Snow) Biazo

Jeff was truly one of the best guys you will ever meet in your lifetime. We could go months or even years without seeing each other & would run into each other at a class reunion or out running errands & we would hug & reminisce. It always felt like no time had passed in between those visits. He just had that way about him … gentle, kind, friendly, funny … I could go on & on. He will be missed by so many. Prayers for you Mr. & Mrs. Elmer & thank you for raising a son that helped… Read more »

Angie Howell
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Angie Howell

I loved to listen to Jeff play music, didn’t know him personally, but heard nothing but good about him. I worked with Helen @Springdale Hospital and what a great family. My continued prayers for her, Bob & Kelly & his many friends. May God give you comfort & strength in the days ahead.

Twila Gosvener Newton
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Twila Gosvener Newton

I have known Jeff since the 1st Grade. In fact we were in the same class together. I have literally known him for most of my life!!! I worked with you Ms. Helen, back in the early 90’s, at the Springdale Memorial Hospital. I worked there for over 5 years. Jeff was indeed the most caring, loving and compassionate people I’ve ever known. Jeff had such a caring heart for others, at such a young age, even in the 1st grade. I was out on the playground running to catch up with so.e of my little girlfriends. I stumbled, skinned… Read more »

Rhonda Johnson
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Rhonda Johnson

I met Jeff at Walmart with my many trips to the layout room. He was a favorite with his smile and passion for what he did and the band he was in. When I left Walmart, I always looked forward to dropping off samples and hoped Jeff would be there so we could talk about God and politics! We’d talk for 20-30 minutes and I enjoyed every minute of it. He was a smart, caring person and it will be super sad when I have to drop off a sample again and my buddy isn’t there to greet me with… Read more »

Andrea Campbell
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Andrea Campbell

Jeff is one of the kindest coworkers I’ve worked with. He always greeted me by name at the layout center or waved and smiled when we saw each other at the gym at lunch. I would hear him greet everyone by name and was always amazed at how good his memory was for names! I already miss seeing him and will miss our conversations. Rest In Peace Jeff

Derrick Ritchey
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Derrick Ritchey

I’ve known jeff since 2000. He and worked together like a hand in a glove. I remember back in 2013 I had left a group that was just drama period. Jeff and I joined and started working with Martain Simz. Jeff and I would set and visit about all the drama from my previous band. The next week he showed up at my house for band rehearsal with a very special t-shirt that stated the Martin simz band NO MORE DRAMA TOUR 2013. It was epic lol. Most importantly I could go on and on about out relationship with each… Read more »

Marilu Monroe Walla
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Marilu Monroe Walla

Jeff played bass in an un-named band that I sang with in the 80’s. He was always a kind person who had a great personality and sense of humor. I remember him instructing us on how to properly button a shirt as his father taught him. “Start from the bottom and you’ll always button it right.”

Rusty Newman
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Rusty Newman

I’m sure gonna miss Jeff holding up the victory sign ✌ and hollering “Wooo Rusty” when we saw each other down the aisle at the Layout Center…and then waiting for him to pull out his phone and show me something funny…and usually political 😄
#JeffWasTheBest

Mitchell Ober
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Mitchell Ober

I have lost my BEST FRIEND growing up who always called me brother everytime we spoke and seen each other. I will always remember that we were purposely put into the same class in grade school (All six years) so that we would be together. Our mom’s always wanted it that way. We even became entrepreneurs one summer selling lemonade at our lemonade stand at Jeff’s home! Every Halloween we spent together going to the drive-in to watch scary movies for most of the night. And let’s not forget trick-or-treating during those days. We went to every Jr. High School… Read more »

Joe Hall
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Joe Hall

I had the privilege of performing with Jeff on stage for four years. We played about 200 shows together, plus all the bus rides, practices, and dinners…. and during all that time I never heard Jeff complain, be in a bad mood or even get upset. He was always laid back, happy Jeff with his trademark smile. He just loved to play bass and be with his friends. At least that’s the part of Jeff that I knew. He obviously touched a lot of people’s lives and will be missed by many, including the massive group of us musicians he… Read more »

Fred Harris
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Fred Harris

I worked with Jeff for many years at the Layout Center and was glad he was part of my team. He always had a smile and a genuine concern for everyone and always had a positive attitude no matter who or what the issue was. He will be greatly missed! R.I.P. Jeff! Praying for his family!

Sue Parks
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Sue Parks

Bob and Helen, our hearts and prayers are with you both and Kelli. Bob, it was such a joy to work with you at Jones Truck Lines. You were such a mentor and one of the kindest people-so good to everyone. Our hearts are broken for your loss. We are such people of faith and have prayed for your family…for comfort and for peace. May you know you are loved.

Sandi Carter
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Sandi Carter

Thoughts and Prayers Mr. and Mrs. Elmer and Kelli! RIP Jeff, you will be missed more than you ever thought!

Mark Nelson
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Mark Nelson

I’ve known Jeff and Kelli most of my life as we grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school together. Jeff and I graduated in 1977. Jeff was such a great friend and I will remember him being funny and always having a good joke and making people laugh. I’m gonna miss his political messages he would send and tag me with. Jeff had a love for music and I will say he was a great musician and entertainer. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. RIP Jeff Elmer, you always did life bigger than life… Read more »

Connie Corbitt
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Connie Corbitt

I met Jeff in 1982 at NTI. He was so friendly
and funny. Praying for his family. I have seen
through his tribute page how much he was respected and loved by so many. You
raised him well.

Susan
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Susan

Jeff… you were so very special… the smile that just made you feel a bit special when it was on you. Your light will forever shine.

Suzie Dillard
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Suzie Dillard

Prayers for the family!

Penny Bowen Wright
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Penny Bowen Wright

In December of 2014 Jeff sent me a message, and a picture of Robert and my Dad holding up a big stringer of fish. The message read — “Penny, I was looking through some of my mom and dad’s old scrapbooks this weekend and just happened to find this old picture of your dad and my dad. This would’ve been taken in the late 60’s. Thought you might get a kick out of it!” Jeff was a person of thoughtfulness, humor, and a special appreciation of friends and good times. These exceptional traits, along with so many more , have… Read more »

Sandra Blalock Wilkins
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Sandra Blalock Wilkins

I went to school with Jeff, what a beautiful person & that smile with bell bottoms on! Our prayers go out for all of the family! RIP my friend! ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Janice Broemmer
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Janice Broemmer

I am so sorry for your loss. It is not the same now when I walk into the Layout Center and Jeff is not there to greet me. He will be missed everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

Mindy (Bailey) Lyons
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Mindy (Bailey) Lyons

Jeff was a very talented musician and a caring and kind soul. He touched so many with his music, his wonderful sense of humor and his compassion.

Audrey Landers
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Audrey Landers

Jeff played music with my husband. He was always good for a laugh and hearty conversation. He was always in a good mood and fun to be around. We will miss him immensely. Prayers for his family. He was loved more than you will ever know.

TJ Gates
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TJ Gates

I first met Jeff shortly after moving to Fayetteville a few years ago. I think it was at a local jam night. He was also playing bass with the Jeff Horton Band, in which I began playing drums. There were a couple of things I became aware of immediately about Jeff. 1. He was an excellent musician–a drummer’s dream when it came to playing groove and an anchor with style and perfect timing. It was always a pleasure having him gig with us. 2. He was a super nice guy. No drama! And most importantly, even outside of the musical… Read more »

Robin (Hall) Guadagnini
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Robin (Hall) Guadagnini

I cannot imagine all you all are going through. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have very fond memories of a Jeff (he was my escort in Mitch and Becky’s wedding) and while we didn’t keep up with each other I did keep up with others – he was loved by many! Kelli, and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer, please know I send you all love during this difficult time.

Chuck phillips
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Chuck phillips

I played music with Jeff on the road in mid nineties, he was older than me with wisdom kindness and always smiling. He truly bwill be missed….

Robyn Hill-Reed
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Robyn Hill-Reed

I met Jeff at the chiropractor office. We were both patients there, as were my sons. He was always friendly and conversational. So kind!! I remember him taking to my kids about cell phones before he got his I phone.
When I learned about his music playing, I saw him play on several occasions. He was good! And ever humble. That smile was contagious!

My deepest sympathies in your loss. I have and will continue to pray for you. Jeff will be missed.

James Dunham
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James Dunham

Played in nighTTrain with Jeff for 4 years and approximately 200 concerts. Attended many concerts together as well.
We spent many hours on the road and in hotels over this time.
Jeff was as nice as they come and was a great band brother and a great bassist. Enjoyed our time together in the band and Jeff was a great friend. Already miss him greatly and will continue to pray for his family. RIP brother….

Tammy Gideon
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Tammy Gideon

I have known both Jeff and Kelli for many years. Breaks my heart he was taken from this life way too early! My prayers for comfort for his parents, family, and friends.

Mike Donaghey
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Mike Donaghey

Jeff was one of those special people that god puts in our life to remind us that if you do what you love an love what you do, then you will always be happy. He showed me many times that happiness was not something you find, but a means of travel. I believe music was his one true love and he truly enjoyed spreading the joy and happiness it gave him by playing and singing every chance he got. I don’t think he ever really met a stranger. He was one of the kindest people i have ever known.. He… Read more »

Janet Matlock
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Janet Matlock

I worked with Jeff many years ago at the Rogers ADC. He was one of the most kind, gentle and loving people I’ve ever known. I have some very special memories of Jeff. and our time together. I am very sorry for his family, friends and all that were lucky enough to have Jeff in their lives.

Bree Dexter
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Bree Dexter

I met Jeff while on a special 12-week assignment at Home Office in 2016. He always had a friendly demeanor and I loved seeing him daily at the Layout Center. We kept in contact when I returned home to Idaho and I will never forget the friend I made . May Jeff rest peacefully and may his family feel the love of all those who Jeff made feel important in one way or another.