Eli Gregory McCloud

October 6, 2014 - December 11, 2023
Eli Gregory McCloud

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Eli McCloud, born on October 6, 2014, left this earthly realm on December 11, 2023, at the age of 9, due to a tragic car accident. Hailing from Beaufort County, NC, Eli was a force to be reckoned with, bringing joy and excitement to everyone he encountered.

With interests ranging from Nerf Guns to water guns, Fortnite and spirited back-and-forths on his gaming headset, Eli was always up for an adventure. He had an emerging sneakerhead status, taking great pride in his growing collection. And let’s not forget his love for the pungent delight of onions fresh out of the garden – a quirk that only added to his unique personality.

Eli knew how to make a splash, quite literally, as he enjoyed swimming and riding bikes with boundless energy. His toy cars were his trusty companions, forever exploring imaginary roads and conquering imaginary lands.

He has been met in heaven by several members of his family who have passed: Cody McCloud, Xander Mendoza, and Chy’cago Tomlim.

He is survived by a large, loving family and countless friends, and leaves behind a legacy of exuberance and zest for life. Among his survivors are his father Phil McCloud Jr., stepmother Ashleigh McCloud, his mother Ashley McCloud; and siblings Maliyah Burnett, Isabel and Jimmy McCloud. His extended family includes great-grandparents John and Nancy Cooper, paternal grandmother Christine Hughes, paternal grandfather Phil McCloud, grandparents Rhuberna McCloud, Steve and Chelsea Hilsinger, Kandas Cooper, Samantha Huff, and her husband Kevin.

Eli’s infectious presence will be deeply missed by his uncles Henry Hughes and James Knox, aunts Alexys Hilsinger, Kelly McCloud, and Brandy Burnett, as well as his aunts and uncles Mary and Guy Loftin and Jesse and Joe Staton, Tim and Melanie Cooper, Alycia Cruz and Alexys Hilsinger. He also leaves behind numerous cousins: Beja Loftin, Addy Turner, Jackson Cooper, Grayson and Natalie Hilsinger, Gianna and Jorden Cruz, Bentley and Sophia Brock, Devin and Jalen Knox, nieces Ari’ella Gill and Kai’ani Burnett.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service Chapel with a visitation prior to at 1:00 PM. The committal will follow immediately thereafter at Homestead Memorial Gardens at 4251 E. 10th St. in Greenville, NC.

Eli’s memory will forever be cherished by those who knew him. He was a ball of energy, talking a mile-a-minute in a thick country accent, always curious and asking a million questions about everything. He had a heart of gold and never hesitated to lend a hand wherever he could.

In Eli’s absence, may we all strive to approach life with his spirited enthusiasm and remind ourselves to cherish the simple joys that brought him so much happiness. Rest in peace, dear Eli.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made HERE to help the family during this trying and unexpected time.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the McCloud family.




Funeral Service

Thursday, December 21, 2023
2:00 PM

Joseph B. Paul, Jr. Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US Highway 264 East
Washington, NC 27889
2529754500

Committal

Thursday, December 21, 2023
3:30 PM

Homestead Memorial Gardens - Directions
4251 E. 10th St
Greenville, NC 27858
252-329-4622

Visiting Hours

Joseph Paul Funeral Service - Directions
4500 US-264 E. Washington NC
  • Thursday, December 21, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • December 29, 2023
    Paula S Williams posted an image:
    Some of our greatest memories included you. You will always be in my heart
    Some of our greatest memories included you. You will always be in my heart

  • December 27, 2023
    ZEB Williams says:
    One love little buddy it was an honor to work out with you with some martial art tomorrow’s people your angel now 🙏🏽 zuri’s father Zeb a friend of Eli my condolences to the family I could see that big smile right now 😍 many times with him & Zuri at the swimming pool big splash 🙌🏽

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    Kelly posted an image:
    Auntie Kelly loves you Eli🩵🩵
    Auntie Kelly loves you Eli🩵🩵

  • December 22, 2023
    Lee and Linda spivey says:
    May God bless all though this tragic time ,God bless each on.

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  • December 21, 2023
    Elisha Burns says:
    Eli was an exciting part of our Parkwood family! My prayers are with the family.

  • December 21, 2023
    Ms Visbal says:
    Dear Eli, You will for ever be remembered! I got the pleasure of meeting you for a short time, and loved all the questions you asked me about Colombia, and loved ruining to you in the hallways! RIP sweet boy!

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    Jessica Speicher says:
    We are so saddened for your tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  • December 20, 2023
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    Mr. Almirante, Eli’s 2nd Grade teacher. This photo was taken during our school fieldtrip.
    Mr. Almirante, Eli’s 2nd Grade teacher. This photo was taken during our school fieldtrip.

  • December 20, 2023
    Adriennie Hull says:
    Ashley and Family, my heart goes out to yall! I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you all. 💐

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    Ms Barbara,Eli preschool teacher

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    Sawyer James says:
    I'm so sorry for the loss of this young life. I know he's going to be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Just remember he's in the arms of Jesus and you CAN meet him again one day. Praying for all of you that God will bring you the comfort and peace you need.

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    Eli’s 8 th birthday
    Eli’s 8 th birthday

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    Grandma is going to miss my little buddy!

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    Carole Gunn says:
    My heart breaks for all the family with the loss of Eli. Eli was a special young man that could warm your heart with his beautiful smile. May the Lord wrap his arms around each and everyone of you and fill you with his love.