James D. Elder, 89, of Carmi, IL, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he was a member of the VFW and American Legion. Other memberships include Kiwanis International, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Ainad Shriners and the Masonic Lodge. For many years, he was active in local politics where he served as the County Chairman for the Democratic Party and Precinct Committeeman.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Audrey Elder of Carmi; sons James D. (Kathy) Elder of Conroe, TX, Terry (Sherri) Harper of Kingwood, TX; daughter Trudy (Don) Duvall of Carmi; step-daughter Connie Elder of Carmi; sister Dottie Jo Gandee of Mineral Wells, TX; grandchildren Jacob Elder, Jeremy Elder, Allie Harper and Whitney Duvall (Tony) Paprocki; great granddaughter Brianne Paprocki.
Services for James D. Elder will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19 at the Cook Chapel in Carmi with burial and military rites at Big Prairie Cemetery.
Visitation is 5-7 pm, Friday, July 18th at Cook Funeral Chapel in Carmi.