John Alton Elder, husband of Rita Burroughs Elder, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.
Born on June 30, 1944, in Colonial Heights, Virginia, he was the son of the late Alese and John Alton Sr.graduated in 1968 from Virginia Tech with a Master’s in Engineering and began working for IBM in 1970 after U.S. Army military service for two years. He worked for IBM and then LexMark in Lexington for 35 years. After retiring, he worked at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Lexington Rescue Mission and Jobs for Life.
In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jenny Elder and Missy (Brad) Griffin; three grandchildren, Anna, Kara and Joel Griffin; a sister-in-law, Dani (Bill) Redd; and many cousins.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, 200 West High Street, by the Reverends Noel White and Todd Nelson, followed immediately by a lunch reception and visitation in the fellowship hall. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Camp Nelson. Pallbearers will be Doug Sell, Ron Crandall, Bob Fortney, George Gill, Jeff Chandler, Howard Rosewell and David Hines. Honorary pallbearers are Brad Griffin, Bill Redd, Bob Harmon, Virgil Boler and John Miller. Milward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lexington Rescue Mission, 444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, Ky. 40508 or onlinelexingtonrescue.org.