Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Edward G. Elder

03/24/1927 - 01/15/2018

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

WATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE..A funeral service will be held, 11am, Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel
120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Road Suffolk VA

Mr. Edward G. Elder transitioned this earthly life to life eternal on January 10, 2018 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born in in Brunswick County. Virginia to the late Virginia Eva Brown Elder and Willie M. Elder. He was the youngest of three children born to their union. Mr. Elder received his education in the public schools of Brunswick County, Virginia. After graduating from school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Mr. Elder proudly served our country for twenty-one years. He had the honor of serving on the USS Liberty, the renowned Belmont-class technical research ship, on its first commission in 1964. In fact, Mr. Elder sailed on the USS Liberty more than any other naval person. He was working on USS Liberty when it was attacked by Israel Defense Forces during the 1967 Six-Day War in the Mediterranean Sea near the Sinai Peninsula on June 8, 1967. It was one of the worst attacks in history against a noncombatant U.S. naval vessel. Mr. Elder was on of two hundred ninety-four crew members. Sadly, thirty-four crew members were killed, and one hundred seventy-one crew members were wounded in the two-hour attack. In the attack’s aftermath, Mr. Elder was instrumental in helping his comrades sail to safe port. During his tour of duty, Mr. Elder met the love of his life, Fannie L. Fowler, in Galveston, Texas. Elder and Fannie were married on July 27, 1961 in Emporia, Virginia. Mr. Elder was a family man who enjoyed spending quality time with his family. He especially enjoyed watching football and basketball games on television. He was also a seasoned pool player whose wisdom, coupled with great discipline, resulting in him being one of the finest at billiards play. Mr. Elder loved attending the Naval Shipmates Reunion every year where former shipmates of all generations get together, learn from each other and share stories about their experiences. Mr. Elder leaves behind a lasting legacy. His memory will be especially cherished by his loving wife, Fannie Elder; two sons, Roy Savage (Tamara), Hampton, VA and Charles Elder (Jamie) of Virginia Beach, VA; a goddaughter, Wanda Griffin Mourning; three granddaughters, Erica Boone (Shawn), Andrea Elder and Allcyn Jennings (Kenyell0) all of Virginia Beach, VA; nine great grandchildren, Inayah, Lil’ Shawn, DeShawn, Makayla, Madison, Lalia, Kianga, Lamont and Amir all of Virginia Beach, VA; two sisters in-law, Beatrice McAfee (John), Saginaw, MI and Thelma L. Fowler, Jasper, TX; one brother in-law, William H. Fowler (Josie), Texas City, TX; and a host of cousin, nieces, nephews and friends throughout the country. Mr. Elder was preceded in death by his parents, Eva Brown Elder and Willie M. Elder; two brothers, Willie Gene Elder and Robert Elder; one sister in-law, Willie Vette Fowler; and two brother’s in-law, Charles G. Fowler and Jessie Fowler. The family of Edward G. Elder would like to send a special thanks to the medical staff at Sentara Leigh Hospital for their exceptional car; special friend Carolyn Graddy, for her constant love and support; countless friends wo have prayed for the family and the staff at Metropolitan Funeral Service for their professional care and guidance.

Mary Lois jackson We know God has given us his kindness and love for such a time as this
Posted: 1/24/2018
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Janice Elder Scott To the family of Uncle Eddie: Our sincere sympathy and condolences are extended to each one of you. Uncle Eddie was a true friend, advisor, father and happy person. He always had time to provide a listening ear and make you laugh. Missing you already Uncle Eddie. Love you until we meet again. Janice, Marvin, Erik and Travis
Posted: 1/23/2018
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Jimmy and Regina (Elder) Oliver We send our condolences to Aunt Fannie and the family. This great man will be missed. I enjoyed the times we would have long hours of talks. May God bless you with the good memories and fun times you spent together.
Posted: 1/23/2018
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Keeonya Bradley I extend my deepest condolences to my friend Erica Boone and family. My prayers are with you all during this time of bereavement. Mr. Elder led an admirable life and has gone to reap his rewards.
Posted: 1/22/2018
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D. Denise Elder I am so proud of Eddie! he was truly a hero! Wish I had taken the time to visit, like I said I would. I missed my opportunity to keep our family connection strong.Please family, remember the good times!
Posted: 1/22/2018
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Guy Mr Elder sounds like a wonderful man. I see some of his lasting legacy in his son, Roy. May God help keep the focus on a celebration of a life well lived.
Posted: 1/19/2018
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Nicole I'm very sorry for your great loss. May you take comfort in Christ promise of the resurrection, John 5:28,29
Posted: 1/18/2018
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Sadie Deans God always knows best!! Condolences to Fannie and family!!
Posted: 1/18/2018
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