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The only child born in Gastonia, North Carolina on January 25, 1947 to the late Dorothy Matthews and the late John A. Elder.

Joel was educated in the Catholic Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   He was drafted into the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star, amongst many other medals and was honorably discharged.  He went to college where he earned a degree in early childhood and taught in the school systems for over ten years.  Joel later went back into the Army serving as an Army Recruiter.  He carried on receiving his degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  He worked as a nurse until 2008.

Joel married Sheila and to this union was one child: Jewelle Elder.  He loved shopping, his grandchildren and shooting pool with his numerous buddies.

He leaves behind his loving wife: Sheila Elder; one daughter: Jewelle A. Elder; one son: Joel H. Elder; a brother: Jay A. Elder (wife-Leslie), two special brothers: Michael Johnson (Wife-Amy) and Jerome Gregory (wife-Belinda); four grandchildren: Joziah A. Elder, Jyzri’en A. Elder, Kaiale R. Hatten and Akeen Hatten, Jr.; one niece: Jayla Elder; two nephews: Xavier Elder and Brian Page Elder and a host of many relatives and friends.

Funeral: Monday; July 2, 2018; 12 noon at Gregory Funeral Service Chapel-601 N. York Street, Gastonia

Visitation: thirty minutes before the service at the chapel

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  • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Gregory Funeral Service
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Sheila, Our thoughts and prayers in Jesus are with you and your family during this time and the days ahead. Merry Jo
    ~ Merry Jo walker   Gastonia, NC
  • Sunday, July 01, 2018
    Sheila my prayers are with you and the family. Love you. Your sister Nita Mercer My family sends their love.💕
    ~ Nita Mercer   Philadelphia, PA
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
    I'm deeply saddened by the loss of you and your families dear ones. The dear one is resting in death but will be brought to life here on earth to live forever.( Eccl 9:5,6: Job 14:14; Act 24;15; Ps 37:11,29) Would you and the family like to get more comfort? If so here's my email wanttohelponesthataresad@gmail.com
    ~ Terwilliger   Graham, NC
  • Monday, July 16, 2018
    I'm deeply saddened by the loss of you and your families dear ones. The dear one is resting in death but will be brought to life here on earth to live forever.( Eccl 9:5,6: Job 14:14; Act 24;15; Ps 37:11,29) Would you and the family like to get more comfort? If so here's my email wanttohelponesthataresad@gmail.com
    ~ Terwilliger   Graham, NC
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    We're so sorry you are mourning the loss of your dear loved one. Not much can soothe the pain this sorrow brings, but we hope the words of Psalms 34:18 can help some. It reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We can rely on our loving God to provide comfort in these troublesome times. He also has made the Surprise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise! (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11, 29). This is Sure to come because everything God says, he does without fail (Isaiah 55:11). Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez