January 9, 2004
John T. Elder, Major, US Army, retired, 66 of Albany, died Thursday, January 8, at his residence.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, at 2:00 at the Beattie Road Church of Christ. Minister Jerry Whitmire and Minister Bill Rowden will officiate. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, in Cuthbert, GA.
A native of Cuthbert, he had lived in Albany since 1976. He was a member of Beattie Road Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and elder. He was retired from Army after twenty-one years, serving in a military intelligence unit and in Vietnam. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, the Air Medal and a Bronze Star and was a member of the Retired Officers Association.
He was a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor Degree in General Studies and a graduate of Valdosta State University with a Masters in Business Administration. He was also a retired distribution director from the Marine Corps Logistic Base. He was an avid golfer and tireless worker for his church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas Elder and Dora Elder Mathews and two brothers, William Elder and Sam Elder.
Survivors include his wife, Harriett Long Elder, a son Michael J. Elder and his wife Caree of Albany, a daughter, Theresa Elder Miller and her husband Alan of Albany, two brothers, James Elder of Dawson, Leonard Elder and his wife Margot of Chula Vista, California, four sisters, Margaret Jackson of Dawson, Ruth Jackson and her husband Ralph of Leesburg, Pat Ingram and her husband Billy of Junction City, Georgia, Emma Sue St. Denis and her husband Harold of Jacksonville, NC, and four grandchildren, Matthew Lamb, Megan Lamb, Lauren Mathis and Ralph Elder.
Those desiring may make memorials to the Albany Community Hospice or Lights of Love, c/o Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 1828, Albany, GA 31702 or South Georgia Missions, c/o Beattie Road Church of Christ, 1731 Beattie Road, Albany, GA 31707.
You may sign the quest book and share your own special thoughts and memories with the family of John T. Elder by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com