James L. Elder, 80, of Cassville, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at his home.
He was born on May 8, 1931, in Theodosia, the son of William and Elda (Chaney) Elder. He was united in marriage to Linda Lee, who preceded him in death in 1986. Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include: two sisters, Ethel Rochester, of Kimberling City, and Norma Phillips, of McMinnville, Ore.
He grew up and received his education in Theodosia and Gainesville. When he became of age, he went to work at the family business, Chaney Monument Company in Gainesville. He was a sandblaster most of the time, but helped wherever he was needed. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received in action Feb. 7, 1951, when a land mine exploded, causing blindness and other wounds. In 1969, he and Linda moved to Cassville to make their home. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Graveside services were held Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery, Cassville, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Rev. Don Beeson conducted the services.
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