EARLY LIFE WAS SPENT LEARNING FAMILY VALUES AND WORKING THE FAMILY FARM.
Richard and Shirley Elliott raised their four children, Tracy, Brenda, Brent and Michael on their farm west of Eagleville. In addition to a substantial cattle operation, the Elliott’s raised hogs, corn and soybeans. His father Richard, a WWII 101st Airborne Pathﬁnder, also carried mail for 40 years. His mother, Shirley, was the homemaker, sewing many of the family’s clothes and tending an extensive garden to hold down family expenses. Brent’s youth was spent bucking bales and doing chores with his brothers. He earned his FFA State Farmer Degree and developed a lifelong bond with agriculture. To this day, Brent and his son, Connor, raise bison on their farm near Stewartsville.
Brent joined the Cub Scouts and quickly rose to the rank of Eagle Scout with bronze, silver, and gold palms. He received his God and Country award and attended the 1969 National Scout Jamboree in Farragut, Idaho and 1971 World Jamboree in Japan. Brent remains active in the scouting movement as a member of the Pony Express Council’s Advisory Board. He served as the Council’s Attorney for six years prior to becoming a judge. Brent is a Silver Beaver recipient and Chieftain in the Council’s Honorary Camping Society Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
WHILE GAINING HIS EDUCATION, BRENT DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO EXCEL AT EVERY CHALLENGE
At an early age Brent demonstrated a gift for public speaking. By age 15 he was a state champion orator in Missouri’s Report to the Governor contest, competing against 18 year olds. These experiences would serve him well in his career as a prosecutor, trial attorney and judge. He developed “respect for all – fear of none.”
Brent also earned a reputation as an intelligent and ﬁerce competitor in athletics. He captained state championship teams in basketball and baseball and graduated with honors in 1973 from North Harrison High School.
Brent graduated with honors from Graceland University in 1977. He obtained Degrees in Business Administration and Political Science. He also received their Teaching Certiﬁcation with a Coaching Endorsement. He was selected co-captain on baseball and basketball teams before suﬀering a career-ending shattered arm. Brent applied and was accepted to some of the Nation’s most prestigious Law Schools. Because he wanted to practice in rural Missouri, he chose the University of Missouri.
Brent graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law-Columbia in 1980 with a Juris Doctorate Degree. He was recommended by law school professors and named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Due to his outstanding performance in the Law School’s Trial Practice Program, professors selected Brent to appear in a national television promotion for the Law School. He was also elected to the Missouri School of Law Board of Governors for 1979-80.