Steven McElreath is a retired racing driver who competed for nearly two decades in IndyCar races, winning five pole positions and finishing in the top ten four times during his time. Additionally, he was honored to become part of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
McElreath currently resides in Brighton, Michigan at 1373 Northern Ridge Dr for approximately one year.
Early Life and Education
Born in Texas, United States. Son of Jesse N McElreath and Francis McElreath. Six siblings including Joe McElreath and Cleo McElreath; attended college at University of Texas – Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member
Cameron McElreath of Brighton, Michigan; Chad McElreath (Elizabeth) from Asheville; Douglas (Elizabeth) McElreath from Fairview North Carolina and Dale McElreath of Candler are his four children with Ernestine Davison McElreath residing nearby in Fairview – all four are currently adults – as well as multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by her family. She was known as an attentive maternal figure who loved serving as grandmother or great-mamaw to many nieces and nephews.
Steven McElreath won five United States Auto Club National Championship races between 1961 and 1980, starting 167 USAC events and finishing in the top-five 47 times. His success on dirt tracks was particularly evident when he took out Art Pollard for victory at the inaugural Ontario 500 race held that year.
At his passing, Lois Hammond and Betty Jean Nagy are left behind to cherish his memory. Cindy and Randy Hester of Good Hope; Terri and Mickey Hudkins of Eatonton as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren are left in his legacy.
At first he worked as both a public defender and consumer litigation attorney before turning his attention towards disability representation. A member of the American Bar Association with several committee memberships to his name, he also published extensively on legal topics.
Achievement and Honors
McElreath became the inaugural golfer at McMurry to earn All-American honors and was an all-conference performer during four years under coach Russ Evans. Hailing from Merkel, Texas and with Abilene as home, he led his freshman squad to win an ASC title while representing Abilene State College (ABSC).
He earned his degree in Psychology and spent 10 years at Basic Wireline as an explosives engineer, field supervisor, and area manager. He is a member of both American Society of Professional Engineering (ASPE) and National Safety Council.
He enjoyed nothing more than playing (or not playing) golf and sharing laughter with family and friends. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and siblings who resided at 1373 Northern Ridge Dr in Brighton Michigan 48116.
Steven McElreath currently resides in Brighton, Michigan at 1373 Northern Ridge Dr, having moved there since March of 2022 from 2109 Kennedy Dr in Indian Land SC 29707. Prior to that he had lived at 1373 Northern Ridge Dr for about one year.
Mr. Williamson is an enthusiastic sportsman, enjoying hunting and fly fishing as hobbies. Additionally, he enjoys traveling with his family – especially cruise ships! Additionally, he’s a talented dancer; often dancing waltzing or two-stepping with Barbara (his wife).
McElreath is blessed with three daughters and five grandchildren. In addition to these blessings, he is an ordained minister, having served several churches during his career. Additionally, he has participated in charitable organizations, written articles for publications and strongly believes in God.
Steven was deeply loved and admired by all who knew him, including his wife Sharon Cooper McElreath of Indian Land; children Cameron & Stephanie McElreath (Brighton MI); Chad & Kacy McElreath (New York NY) & Justin & Blane McElreath (CharlotteNC); brothers and sisters Ella Ruth Goss James Maloy Lamar Maloy Bobby Maloy as well as 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren he leaves behind; memorial services will be announced shortly and contributions can be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association or another worthy charity of your choice.