Jeffrey "Jeff" Forrest McElroyJuly 14, 2017
A celebration of the life of Jeffrey Forest McElroy, 53, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Jeff passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at his home in Portland, Oregon. Born in Bennettsville, he was a son of Diane McElroy Martinko and the late Arvil R. McElroy. Jeff was a graduate of Bennettsville High School and the University of South Carolina where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering. While enrolled in USC, he was in the Honor Society receiving recognition for his Academic Excellence, was on the Industrial Advisory Board, and received an award for Business Administration Management Development Program for Engineers. Following graduation, he founded Conterra Communications, Inc. and in 2001, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from USC College of Engineering and Technology. Jeff was a pioneer in voice recognition software, held eight patents, and was an avid entrepreneur. He was known to encourage other young entrepreneurs in their endeavors. He was currently the Director of Engineering for Intel Corporation and spent much time traveling for Intel throughout the world. He was a faithful Gamecock fan, loyal, and loving to his family and friends. Jeff enjoyed travels, and he was a lover of dogs, especially his late dog, Peanut.
Surviving in addition to his mother, Diane, are a brother, Scott (Carol) McElroy; nephews, Dustyn (Kristina) McElroy, Tyler (Megan) McElroy; numerous friends in both the Columbia and Portland areas. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Cecil and Forest McElroy and maternal grandparents, Rod and Margaret Colbert.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be donated to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212. Please sign the online obituary at www.dunbarfunerals.com and the Burroughs Funeral Home guest book as well.