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Robert Howard Elder

April 3, 1936 — January 26, 2021

Robert Elder, age 84 of Taylorsville passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 surrounded by his family. Born April 3, 1936 to the late Howard Walter and Nell Mae Dagenhart Elder in Alexander County. Robert was a veteran of the US Army where he served as a Military Policeman. Robert was a self-employed poultry farmer. He was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church where he served his Lord as a deacon, he also served many years on the Building and Grounds committee. Robert will be remembered for his gardens, raising cattle, and farming. Robert was also an Atlanta Braves fan, enjoyed Bluegrass music, his wife’s cooking but most of all he loved his boys, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his son, Robert H. Elder, Jr., granddaughter, Haylee Morrison, brother, Paul Elder, two sisters, Margaret Baity, and Lois Jolly.
Those left to cherish the memories of Mr. Elder include his wife of sixty-three years, Wanda Kay Lee Elder, two sons, Randy Elder (Donna), and Ricky Elder (Beverly), sister Joyce Settlemyer, brother, Steve Elder, six grandchildren, Cory Elder (Kacey), Landis Elder (Chelsea), Brianna Elder, Lauren Hefner (Seth), Lacey Elder, Caleb Elder, six great-grandchildren, Ty Sain, Corbin Elder, Hannah Elder, Jackson Elder, Emma Hefner, and Grayson Hefner, sisters-in-law, Sue Arnold (Fred), and Judy Elder.

Mr. Elder’s body will Lie-in-State at Alexander Funeral Service on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm with the funeral service following at 3:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Taylorsville City Cemetery following the service. Rev. Jamie Steele and Pastor Landis Elder will officiate. Pallbearers will be Landis Elder, Cory Elder, Seth Hefner, Caleb Elder, Ty Sain, Matthew Elder, De’lon Baity, and Charles Jolly, Honorary pallbearers, Bud Fox, Bobby Carrigan, Donald Payne and Chris Russell, and Davy Arnold.
The family has request that in Lieu of Flowers, donations be made to the East Taylorsville Building Fund @ 644 1st Avenue Dr. SE. Taylorsville, NC, 28681.
Covid-19 restrictions apply to all services.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com
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