GASTONIA - Ray Elders, 73, passed away Dec. 9, 2012, at his home.
He was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Swain County, son of the late Rosco and Anthia York Elders.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia, officiated by the Rev. John Heath.
The family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia.
He is survived by: his wife Virginia W. Elders; sons, Mark and Curtis Elders of Gastonia; daughter, Renee Cole of Gastonia; sisters and brothers, Wanda Kiger of Lexington, Norma Johnson of Barnesville, Audry Perry of Asheville, Corrina Barker of Bryson City, Huey Elders of Lexington; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, all of Gaston and York counties.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by: brothers, Foy Elders of Lexington, Johnny Elders of Bryson City; sister, Ola Mae Elders of Bry-son City.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com.