Billy Richard Elder, Major, USAF, Ret.,

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Billy Richard Elder, Major, USAF, Ret., age 91, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at his daughter's home in Elgin, TX surrounded by his family and loved ones. Major Elder was born July 26, 1920 in Quincy, FL to Benton and Ruth Elder. He served his country in both WWII and the Korean War, retiring from the Air Force in Austin, TX. He then moved to Panama City where he also retired from the US Civil Service. Upon retirement, he devoted his time to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, affectionately known as "Dada".

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elender Cliett Elder.  Survivors include his brother, Dudley O. Elder; 3 children, Dicky Elder, Patsy Owens and Ginny Pippin; 5 grandchildren, Amy Maynard, Donnie Owens, Kelly Johns (Brent), Colby and Melissa Elder; and 8 great-grandchildren, Justin, Caitlyn and Hannah Maynard, Bradley, Breanna and Brylee Johns, Marley and Merrick Elder.

Funeral services were 11:00 AM Thursday, January 5, 2012, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Kuhn officiating. Interment with full military honors offered by the US Air Force will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.Visitation was from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at the funeral home. The family extends special thanks to, and requests contributions in lieu of flowers to AseraCare Hospice of Bastrop, TX, 800-248-6055.

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