Benjamin Elder Obituary
Benjamin Elder (Big Daddy) was born on August 2, 1927, in Bullock County, Alabama to the late Ike Elder, Jr. and the late Phoebe Barnes. He departed this life on December 31, 2020. His devoted wife of 63 years – Minnie B. Laster Elder (Big Mama) preceded him in death in April 2011. Also, Benjamin Elder was preceded in death by his daughter – Gladys Elder Woods; son-in-law – Harold Woods, Sr.; brothers – Clemmie Dotson, Cody Elder, L. C. Elder, and Irie Elder; sisters – Lillian Dotson Hardy, Ora Lee Dotson McClaney, Ola V. Elder Kemp, Lois Elder Kiser, and Louise Elder Howard.
He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was a member of Pleasant Grove CME Church in Troy, Alabama. He later joined Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida where he remained a member until his death.
He was employed in the Orange County Public Schools system and he was a truck driver for several Citrus Fruit Companies throughout Orange County until his retirement in 1989.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted daughter – Gloris (Dooley) Ross; three grandchildren – Harold Woods, Jr., Lekisha Woods, and Demond Johnson; six great-grandchildren – Charlton, Jonte, Tavion, Glenn III, Kyajahia, and Shelton; five great-great-grandchildren – Kennedi, Shelton, Tramell, Skylar, Kyler, and Da’Niyla; one brother – Paris Elder of Fitzpatrick, Alabama; four sisters-in-law – Jessie Moore of Columbus, Georgia, Stanley Murry of Las Vegas, Nevada, Patsy Johnson of Essexville, Michigan, and Doris (Joe) Paige of Orlando, Florida; a special friend – Annie Hawkins; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.