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Clarence H. Elder



12:00PM - 5:00PM on Friday, March 30, 2018
Scales & Sons Funeral Home, 314 E. State Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Visitation with the Family:
11:00AM - 12:00PM on Saturday, March 31, 2018
Smith Fork Tabernacle, 2701 Halls Hill Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Celebration of Life Service:
12:00PM on Saturday, March 31, 2018
Smith Fork Tabernacle, 2701 Halls Hill Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

The Service of Committal & Interment:
9:00AM on Monday, April 2, 2018
Middle TN State Veterans Cemetery, Nashville, TN

Reverend Clarence H. Elder, "Uncle Bubba or Bubba" to family and close friends was born October 7, 1944 to John and Callie (Brown) Elder. He transitioned to his heavenly home on March 26, 2018.

Reverend Elder received his informal education in the Rutherford County School System. He went on to serve his country in the United States Army receiving an honorable discharge after serving two years. Subsequently, he retired on disability after working and serving for over 30 years in the Trucking Industry.

His loveable and delightful charm, infectious smile, and joyful laughter captivated everyone he met. He was truly blessed with the gifts of wisdom, compassion, and humor and used them all to share the light and love of Christ to everyone. He has been an active and dedicated church member having served as a Deacon, Spiritual Advisor, the Sunday School Ministry, Bible Study and an adult teacher for Vacation Bible School. He was passionate about the Word of God and "studied to show himself approved."

In 2005, Reverend Elder earned an Associate of Arts Degree and in 2006 his Bachelor of Arts Degree, both from The American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2010, he earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. In 2003 and 2004, he was recognized as Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. In May of 2006, he accepted his call into the Ministry under the leadership of Reverend John R. Holt, pastor of Clayborne Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He preached his first sermon and was licensed in July 2006 and was ordained as a Gospel preacher in January 2007.

Having been a Guest Evangelist at various churches throughout the city and the state of Tennessee, he felt a call to evangelize on a full-time basis and in June of 2011 he embarked upon a journey that would last for over six years. He always made it clear that his calling was not to pastor, but to preach ... and so he did, touching the hearts of many.

In March of 2017, Reverend Clarence Elder and his wife established their fellowship with Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where Elder B. L. Russell is the pastor. There he served as an associate minister until his illness and homeward journey.

Reverend Elder was preceded in death by his parents, John and Callie Elder; four sisters, Elsie Brown, Margaret Woods, Hattie Johnson and Mary Swader; and three brothers, Jessie, Earnest and Luther Elder.

He leaves to cherish his wonderful memory, a devoted and loving wife of 25 years, Evelyn Mackey Elder; two sons, Clarence Anthony Elder of Collierville, Tennessee and Terrance Darell Elder (Angela) of Summerville, South Carolina; a loving "play daughter," Patrice (Kenneth) Campbell of Antioch, Tennessee; grandsons, Jurel, Chanss, Jonathan and Caleb Elder; granddaughter, Chynna Elder; sisters, Viorah Puckett and Maggie Harris both of Painesville, Ohio, Vera Crawford and Pearl (Bill) Muse both of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a devoted cousin, Wanda Draper of Antioch, Tennessee; a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Reverend Elder's Preaching Motto was: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and soul; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

In lieu of flowers please make donations to: the Alzheimer's Association @ act.alz.org

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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