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Frank Elder, Jr.
January 30, 1910 - April 26, 2007
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Frank Elder, Jr.


Graveside services for Frank Elder, Jr. 97, of Kilgore will be ten a.m., Monday, April 30, 2007 at the Kilgore Cemetery with the Dr. Don Walker officiating.  Mr. Elder died Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Tyler, Texas. 


He was born January 30, 1910 in Kilgore, Gregg County, Texas to Frank and Minnie Elder.  Frank was a graduate of Longview High School.  He graduated in 1932 from Texas A. & M. where he majored in Electrical Engineering.  Frank was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater in the Army Signal Corps attached to the 5th Air Force, and attaining the rank of Captain.  He was a director of the Kilgore First National Bank for 48 years, Carter-Jones Drilling Company, and was an independent businessman associated with the oil and gas industry and real estate.  He served on the Board of Kilgore Independent School District in the 1950's,a Charter Member of Meadowbrook Country Club and a member of the First Baptist Church of Kilgore since 1926.


Frank is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Meriam and Joe Eakin of Tyler, Texas; daughter, Minnette Elder of Jamestown, N.Y.; and son and daughter-in-law Frank “Buz” and Lee Elder of Longview; grandchildren Gretta Anne Sharp and husband Herb of Chandler, Texas; Joseph Eakin and wife Brenda of Tyler, Texas; Carey Elder Kelley of Austin, Texas; and Bo Elder of San Deigo, California; great-grandchildren Gretta Marie Sharp; Jace Eakin and MacKenzie Eakin; many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretta; his brother Jack Elder of Kilgore and sister Charleen “Tootsie” Bagwell of Longview.


The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Sunday afternoon between two and four p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of Texas A.&M. University, TAMU Honors Scholarship Office, 4233 TAMU, College Station Texas, 77843-4233 or the First Baptist Church, Kilgore P.O. 1170 Box Kilgore, Texas 75663 or to your local Humane Society.

Frank Elder, Jr.
January 30, 1910 - April 26, 2007




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