On January 4,1932 in Columbus, Ohio Thomas Edward Elder was born to Earnest Brown and Mary Elder, to join with his siblings Donald (Punkin) Caldwell and Flossy Smith.
Thomas was known as “Tony” by family and friends. While growing up, Tony attended Fulton Grammer, Mound Jr. High, and Central High School where he was the superstar on the basketball team.
He later enlisted in the United States Navy to serve twenty-one years and retired in 1974. He was blessed with seven children; Thomas Granger - Elder, Christina Falls (Ron), Thomas Elder, Jr. (Rose), Kandy Elder, Marcus Elder, and Gerald Elder. In 1966 he met, fell in love with, and married Reba Hicks to join with her five children: James Bransford (Jeri), Sonja Woodson, Charzel Shears (Debbie), LaRhonda Shears (Gary), and Kathy Shears.
After the Navy he attended San Diego City College and later became a security guard for the San Diego City School District and Nasco. He retired in 1995. Tony enjoyed music, basketball, bowling with his wife, and entertaining everyone. His favorite past time was dressing up, for he had a style of his own.
Tony was called to rest on November 3, 2019 to join his parents, in-laws, sons Ronald and Marcus Elder, and brother Donald. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife of fifty-one years, children, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and a host of relatives and friends.
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