Denman Edward Elder Sr.

February 28, 1950June 28, 2020

Denman Edward Elder, Sr., age 70, of Ringgold, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 in a local hospital. He was born February 28, 1950 in Lompoc, California to the late Morris Edward& Linnie Elizabeth Elder. Mr. Elder was a 1968 graduate of the Kirkman High School Golden Eagles. Denman had an amazing mind and could have been an inventor of many things. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #114 in Harrison and was Master of the Lodge in 1985. He retired from Williams Enterprises of Georgia in February, 2017, following 47 years of service. He was of the Baptist Faith. As a friend, one couldn’t ask for anyone better. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His family was his life. His granddaughter, Auriana Merren preceded him in death. Survivors include his loving wife, Jane Elder; children, Denman E. (Ashley) Elder, Jr. of Ft. Oglethorpe, Thomas B. Elder of Cleveland, Wendy Patterson of Harrison, Geoff (Sarah) McRae of Signal Mountain, and Madeena McRae of Ringgold; siblings, Robert E. Elder of Harrison, Pat Paige of West Birmingham, MI, Terri Howard of Columbus, GA, and Marilyn (Kenny) Loggins of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Talan Elder, Landon Merriman, Ashley Patterson, Emily Cramer, Dylan Cramer, Elizabeth Merren, Emily McRae, and Jessey McRae; lifelong friend, Patricia Barrows; and four nieces. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. A Masonic graveside services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Lakewood Memory Gardens, East. Rev. Michael McRae will officiate. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Blaylock, Jr., Steve Edwards, Jr., Joe Barrows, Joe Hedrick, Nathan Poteet, and Jimmy McCurry. Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Standard Iron and IFI Corporation. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the family is requesting that you adhere to the CDC regulations of social distancing when attending the visitation and graveside service. Face masks are being recommended but not required. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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    Thursday, July 2, 2020


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Leonard Latham

July 2, 2020

So sorry I didn't see this in time to come to the visitation or to the gravesite. Denny was certainly one of a kind and I enjoyed working with him at Standard Iron. I can say, lovingly, that Denny was a 'hoot'.
Sending our prayers for peace to Bobby and the rest of his family. You will miss his presence in your life, but he will aways live within your hearts! When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a real treasure! Remember the good times and the love that he had for his family and everyone he came in contact with. Sincerely, Leonard (Butch) & Brenda Latham

Sheila Ellis

July 1, 2020

Jane: Denny was always sweet and kind to me as we worked together at IFI and Standard Iron for 20 years. He had a heart of gold! Gonna miss him and his crazy stories he could tell. Kept me laughing! So thankful Butch and I sat with Denny and you at our Christmas party 2019. We had such a good time talking to you guys! Denny will always be in my heart. I love you Jane Elder!

Steve Crowe

July 1, 2020

I had the good fortune of working with Denny for a few years at IFI. He was a pleasure to work with and always in a good mood. Denny had many years of experience in the steel business and could tell some great stories about jobs he had worked on. He will be greatly missed.

Wendy Patterson

June 30, 2020

My Dad was the life of the party. He was always making people laugh, always wearing a big grin. It kind of made you wonder what he was up to. I’m so fortunate to have turned my life around in time for him to be proud of me again. That’s such a comfort to me. He never gave up on me and I was so lucky to call him my Dad. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Daddy, I will see you again one day. I love you so much❤️

J. R. "Gadget" Worley

June 30, 2020

I was honored to know Denny from Kirkman Tech. (Golden Hawks)
Denny was a fun loving man and seemed to never meet a stranger.
Up until a few years ago, all us '68ers would all get together for a night out or just dinner and we always had a lot of fun. Denny was usually the life of the outing. He will be missed by everyone who knew him with his quick wit & conversation. Jane, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You All

Carla Wilson

June 30, 2020

I was blessed to get to work with Denny and call him my friend. He was truly a kindhearted man. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Thoughts and prayers go out to Jane and the whole family at this difficult time and the days ahead. I know I have been trying to focus on the joyful times and laughter shared with Denny. RIP

Lynn (Broom) McMahan

June 30, 2020


My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I worked with Denny for almost 21 years. We shared some great and a few not so great memories. He has always held a special place in my heart. I have been where you stand today and you will face some hard times, but walk in faith knowing that GOD will help you through anything! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May GOD bless and keep you safe during this time.

Love, Lynn (Broom) McMahan

Lisa Dodd

June 30, 2020

He was such a blessing to know. He called me Jag Lady and named my car Jazzy. So it stuck and I had a tag made for my show car and he loved it. I'm very blessed to call him and Jane a friend. He will be greatly missed. If you needed to laugh he was the person to make you. See you later on my buddy. 🙌🙏❤😘

Vicki Millholland Hawkins

June 30, 2020

My sincerest sympathy to Jane and all of his family.

Oh how I loved Denny with his sweet spirit. I can just see his shoulders pushing up to his neck and him "tee-heeing" I've lost a lot of friends before but this is one of the hardest and saddest that I've had to accept. Denny was full of life and love and my memories of him being funny come straight to mind. I didn't get a chance to tell him good-bye, but I know that he knew how I felt about him. RIP my sweet friend and know that I'll never forget you. I'll see you on the other side, buddy. I loved you so.


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