Deacon James "Red" Elder, 85, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his residence in Ludowici after an extended illness.
He was a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He was also past Sunday school superintendent, past usher and past choir member for the church. Born in Athens, he graduated from Athens Industrial High School, attended Savannah State University and graduated from Saint Leo College.
He was a life member of Hour Glass Lodge #113 and Laurel Growth Chapter #118 of Ludowici. He was a past worthy patron of Laurel Growth and the past associate patron of Baxley District OES. He served in the U.S. Air Force
for 11 years. He retired as a supervisor for the Defense Realization Marketing Office of FortStewart after 25 years, and from the Army National Guard after 33 years.
Survivors are his wife of 58 years, Mildred Boyd Elder; eight daughters, Dr. Marva DeLoach-Peterson (Manning) of Richmond, Calif., Mrs. Toni (Rev. James) White of Houston, Texas, Dr. Renee (Charles) Woodard of Deerwood, Md., Evang. Diane (Aubrey) Berry, Ms. Michelle Elder, Mrs. Jennifer (Stanley) Posey and Evang. Jeannie (Wesley) Worthy, all of Ludowici, and Mrs. Jessica (Cameriero) Jackson of Fairburn; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Pointer of Athens; seven sons-in-law; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several close relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Ludowici with the Rev. Victor C. Brewton officiating.
The body will lie in state at the church for viewing from noon-1 p.m. Saturday. No viewing after the service.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Building Fund, 1061 Macedonia Road, Ludowici, GA 31316 or the Elder Scholarship Fund, Ludowici/Glennville Bank.
Dorchester Funeral Home of Midway is in charge of arrangements.