Mrs. Elinor Jane Commander, age 84, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. She was born November 10, 1929, in Thomasville, Georgia to N. B. and Katie Croft Hall.
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Mrs. Commander was a charter member of Northside Baptist Church of Ponce de Leon, Fla. She loved her church dearly. She always made sure there were beautiful flowers in the church and that there was lots of wonderful music. She ministered to countless people in Ponce de Leon and the surrounding communities with either a meal or one of her famous cakes. She was a hair dresser for over 40 years at Elinor's Beauty Shop. Her love for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as great pride in their accomplishments was known by everyone who knew her.
Mrs. Commander was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Shelley Hall, whom she loved dearly and cared for during his years of illness.
Mrs. Commander is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gerald Lee Commander whom she married on July 19, 1952; children, Jerry Commander and wife Cathy of Westville, Janey Downing and husband Danny of Dothan, Ala.; nieces who were like daughters, Julie Hall Fisher, Jenny Hall Snuffer; grandchildren, Cyndee Hinson and husband Rob, Caysee Commander, Lee Commander, Jarod Cox and wife Amy, Danielle Downing, Andrew Downing; great-grandchildren Brianna Bossert, Katee Brown, Emma Claire Hinson, Tyler Cox, and Bradley Cox.
Visitation services will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2014, at Northside Baptist Church, 2831 North Highway 81, Ponce de Leon, FL 32455.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2014, at Northside Baptist Church with Reverend Kenneth Harrison officiating.
Pallbearers will be Lee Commander, Andrew Downing, Jarod Cox, Bill Fisher, Rob Hinson and Randy Osteen.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Northside Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at New Ponce de Leon Cemetery.
Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church.
You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and the sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 4, 2014