Happy Sunday to you also, sister.
Eli proceeded Samuel, but eventually lost his anointing, because he put family over his duties to be obedient unto God. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away -- we modern people tend to think we dictate to God what God should be and should do or not do... we dictate nothing, save our own outcomes, by the exercise of our own freewill, within the Divine Plan.
However, he is the founder of Samaritanism, the founder of the sacred place where Samaritanism is centered, in Shiloh. Samaritans are a not just nice people (Good Samaritans), but they are an actual people (ethnicity) and a religion and culture -- an offshoot of Judaism.
In their beginning the argument is between the priesthood and holy place being in Jerusalem, or at Shiloh, and the sense that those who moved the holy place to Jerusalem are apostates (false teachers or heretics). It seems a small issue, but it caused a break between the two groups of Jews, and so Samaritans see themselves as the true Israelites. As they worship The One God, in the very old ways thereof, and seek to live a moral and devoted life unto The One God, from a Urian view they are thus kindred or a tribe of The One God.
Uriel teaches us that "The Chosen People" are those who walk with God, it has nothing to do with physical race or heritage, but with alignment with God's will and purposes, a relationship there-with.
Eli (his name means The Lord is exalted) was a High Priest and Judge in Israel.
According to the website, Amazing Bible Timeline, he lived around 1252 BC, (around 3200 years ago).
He was the first decendant of the priestly line that was also a Judge and regulated the daily affairs of the Jewish people. He is reported to have mentored the Prophet Samuel, who eventually prophesied the downfall of his line.
He was described as a very nice man who had trouble controling the behavior of his two sons. In our terms he could be called a permissive parent. The two sons, it seems, used their priestly status to take from the portions offered to God. He was given several warnings to restrain his sons, even told by the prophet Samuel that God would get rid of them if he did not control them, but he failed to take action.
His sons were killed in battle. They had taken the Ark of The Covenant with them to insure victory, but they lost the battle and lost the Ark. When Eli heard that his sons had been killed and the Ark taken by the enemy, he fell backward out of his chair, broke his head and died. He was 98 years old.
He serves as an example of the folly of being a permissive parent.