Jack Evans Elder, age 82, of Greensboro, GA, passed away suddenly Thursday, February 11, 2021, due to a massive heart attack.
Jack was born August 12, 1938, in the Philippines, the first of three sons of the late Col. Frank and Barbara Elder. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in 1960 from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, he proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, Jack continued his education at George Washington University earning his Master’s Degree in Information Technology. He enjoyed a 30-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency as a Logistics Officer with exciting foreign posts in Thailand, France, and Greece.
In June of 1968, Jack married Julie Bland whom he met at Ft. Benning, GA. They raised their family in both Reston and Herndon, VA, where Jack spent many happy hours with family and friends. He enjoyed his favorite hobbies transcribing music and building model trains and circuses. However, his most beloved pastime was leading the New Hots Jazz Orchestra, which he founded in the early 1990s. They became a prominent fixture of the suburban DC ragtime music scene for 25 years and enjoyed playing multiple tours of Europe and New Zealand. In 2008, after 40 years in Northern Virginia, Jack and Julie retired to the Del Webb community at Lake Oconee, GA.
Jack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Julie Elder of Greensboro, GA; daughter, Katy Elder of Atlanta, GA; son, Kip Elder (Amee) of Orlando, FL; two brothers, Jim Elder (Ann) of Valrico, FL, and Bill Elder (Daryl) of Scottsdale, AZ; brother-in-law, Dr. Kirby Bland (Lynn) of Birmingham, AL; and many nieces and nephews in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
The family requests memorials be made in Jack’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org or 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601). Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Arlington, Virginia, with inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com
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