OBITUARY

Curtis Elder

April 29, 1924June 24, 2013

Curtis W. Elder, age 89, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly on June 23, 2013. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Anna Margaret Alley Elder; parents William H. Elder and Sarah E. Templin Elder; brothers William Frank Elder and Paul O. Elder and sister Joyce Elder Atchley. Survived by daughter Sara Elder, Arlington, VA; sister Emma Ruth Catlett; and several nieces and nephews. Curtis served in WWII in England with the Eighth Air Force, 100th Bomb Group. He was retired from the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Curtis was proud of his rural roots and of being a veteran, a husband and father, and a cancer survivor. He could be found daily walking around the track in his neighborhood. He loved working in the yard, caring for his beautiful flowers and feeding the birds. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed clever pranks. He had many lifelong friends whom he deeply appreciated. He was devoted to his wife, whom he cared for at home during her battle with Alzheimer’s. Their many trips to New England and Florida were cherished. Friends may call at their convenience Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 1:00-8:00 p.m. at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am for graveside services. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern Tennessee in memory of his wife. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 26, 2013
REMEMBERING

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July 26, 2013

Sara,
I just now found out about your dad (and your Mom). I am so sorry. I always thought a lot of your parents. I used to run into them occasionally and it was just like old times. Your Dad was always so funny!

Carol (Giles) Taylor

June 27, 2013

Sara,
Your Dad was a perfect example of a loving husband. He took such tender care of your Mother when she was sick. He always had a smile and his quick wit even when his heart was breaking.
Now they are together and I'm certain they are both smiling. He will be missed by many of us. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Give yourself time to grieve for your loss.
Carolyn Y Finn

Pat Huffaker

June 27, 2013

Sara, I worked with your father at the News Sentinel. He was a wonderful person. I know you will miss him.

Lisa Horstman

June 27, 2013

Sara, I am saddened to hear about your dad. He was a great guy and raised a wonderful daughter. We are here if you need us. Much love, Lisa and Dave

The Yorks

June 26, 2013

Sara, we are very sorry to hear of your dad passing. We loved him very much.With all our sympathy.

June 26, 2013

Sara, we are so saddened to learn of Uncle Curtis's death. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Rhonda and Mike McKinnon

June 26, 2013

Sara,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Father. He was a very sweet man and a true Gentleman. You are in my heart and prayers.
Debbie (Fowler) Chadwick

Laura Cox

June 26, 2013

Our hearts are sad to learn of Mr. Elder's passing. We have enjoyed knowing him so much. He is definitely one of our favorite people and will be missed greatly. I am so glad that he had long visits with you Sara. Your father was a great man. Sincerely, Laura Cox and staff