Born on February 28, 1948, in Hartford, he was the son of the late Bascom and Elsie Elms Reynolds.
In 1967, Eli enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He was proud to have served his country and also felt very fortunate to have explored Germany.
On July 22, 1989, he married Joy Liberty in Glens Falls, together they shared 28 wonderful years.
Eli worked for Washington County Building and Grounds for over 30 years, until his retirement.
He enjoyed camping in the Adirondacks with his family, NASCAR racing, especially watching Jeff Gordon. He also recently took up fishing with his granddaughters. Eli loved helping other people, whether it was taking his neighbors to the doctor, shopping or doing odd job around their home. His family was the center of his life. He enjoyed the precious times spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Eli was predeceased by his brother, Howard Elms, his step brothers, Gerald Elms and John Elms and his step sisters, Anna Elms and Theresa Elms.
He is survived by his wife, Joy (Liberty) Elms of Hartford; his children, Duwayne Elms, Melissa Wright and Megan Elms; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his brothers, Fred Elms and his wife, Donna, Bascom Elms, Louis Elms and his wife, Gloria and Charles Elms and his wife, Sharlet; his sister, Alice Jones; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Sunday, from 11 to 2 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
Funeral services will follow the calling hours on Sunday at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Patti Girard, officiating.
Following the service, all are welcome to a reception at Village Baptist Church on Broadway in Fort Edward and please bring a dish to pass.
Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday at Morningside Cemetery in the town of Hartford with full military honors provided by the Hudson Falls American Legion Post 574 Color Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be sent to the Hartford Volunteer Fire Co., First Responders, P.O. Box 121, Hartford, NY 12838.