WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Anthony Elkins was a frequent visitor of Burnett’s Bait Shop in West Terre Haute. After hearing of the tragic loss of Elkins, the Burnett family organized a fishing tournament to honor him.
Laura Burnett, owner of the shop, said that Elkins made an impact on everybody in West Terre Haute.
“Tony has affected a lot of people here in the community,” Burnett said. “Just being able to help the family is wonderful.”
Anthony Burnett and Anthony Elkins were bestfriends. Burnett said this was the best way to honor his friend.
“If need be he’d give you the shirt off his back to help you,” Burnett said. “He was just that type of person and if you needed help he was always there.”
After moving to the area, Burnett knew nobody at school. However, Burnett said that Elkins was the first person to approach him at school and befriend him.
“I was outside playing football and Tony came up to me and offered me to play with him,” Burnett said. “We hung out and we just got closer and closer.”
For years, Anthony Burnett had the opportunity to get a birds eye view of the character of Elkins. Burnett explained that Elkins’ outgoing nature is what made people gravitate towards him.
“If you needed him, he was there,” Burnett explained. “He was funny and just an outgoing person and there’s no other way to explain it.”
Laura Burnett said that Elkins will continue to be an inspiration and role model for everyone in the West Terre Haute community.
“I can guarantee that he would have been one of our future leaders. He’ll still lead, it’ll just be in a different way,” Burnett said.