This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Roger Elder, 77 years old, born on June 17, 1943, and passed away on November 25, 2020. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Tracy Shumpert on November 27, 2022
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!! Never forgotten...
Posted by Tracy Shumpert on November 25, 2021
never forgotten!!
Posted by Laura Blackwell on December 11, 2020
Brother Roger was truly a blessing to me and my family. We loved listening to his stories. He knew so much. He was truly a Historian. We will hold the knowledge he gave us close to our hearts.
Fish On Brother Roger.
We love you and you will Truly be missed.
Kenneth Blackwell and family.
Posted by Shawnta Buckner on December 11, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Posted by Wendy Elder on December 11, 2020
Dear Dad, The Browns just might go to the Super Bowl! You must be God’s favorite! I love you, Wendy Renee

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Roger Edward Elder was born on June 17th, 1943 to the parents of Clyde G. Elder Sr and Florence M. Ayers in Cincinnati, Ohio at General hospital. He was the youngest of five children; three boys and two girls. He peacefully departed this life on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at his home.

Roger grew up in the East End and Kennedy Heights and graduated from Withrow High School in 1962. He worked for Kroger as a Meat Cutter for 40 years until he retired in 2003.

Roger had many loves and talents and one of them was music. In his youth, he was part of a Cincinnati-based group called the Melvettes and in 1963 Roger wrote their song “Take One Step”. The song is currently available on YouTube which Roger would always politely suggest that you listen to. He also wrote a song called “Oh What a Warm and Good Feeling” that was dedicated to his beloved wife Mary.

In the 1970s, Roger was a drill team leader for the Squires and Squirettes of the Knights of Columbus. His love for the drill team inspired him in 2008 to become one of the founders of “Youth United Precision Color Guard” Drill team along with his late-nephew Greg Rinehart. The drill team marched in several local parades, and was once spotlighted in the Bud Billiken Day Parade in Chicago, the largest African-American parade in the United States.

For 15 years Roger spent his Christmas holidays playing Santa Claus for Drake Hospital for mothers of disabled children. One of his passions was history and he proudly called himself a historian. He especially loved Black history. One of the highlights of his life was participating in the historical reenactment of the 1862 Black Brigade of Cincinnati at the grand opening of Smale Riverfront Park in 2012. He was a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan too and said they are going to the Super Bowl this year. He swore to it. But his all-time love was fishing. Fresh water, deep sea, he loved it all.

Roger is proceeded in death by his parents Clyde Elder Sr and Florence Ayers Elder as well as his siblings, Clyde Elder Jr, Joan T. Hooks, Florence Whiting and Gordon Elder Sr.

He leaves to cherish his memory and spirit, his best friend and loving, devoted wife Mary. His daughters Eve Mayes (Derrick), Crystal Holmes (Richard), Wendy Elder, Lisa Walker, Keniya Taylor (Lonzell), Stacy Scott (Kameron), Crystal Lewis (Michael), Kamilah Anderson, 19 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.

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A Brief, but Cherished Relationship

Shared by Victor Pham on December 11, 2020
Separated from my Elder bloodline as a young boy, we were all reunited a few years ago. I learned quickly what my Great Uncle Roger was about: Family!

He was adamant toward the idea of keeping families connected, no matter how bad it got. I watched him literally exert every ounce of mental and physical energy he had in him to bring our 2018 Family Reunion to life. I will never forget that. It meant so much to him to make it happen just based on that very important concept of Family, and the joy he got from it will resonate in my heart forever. 

He has given me a new view of family, and the importance of sticking together. Through the good and the bad. Uncle Roger you will be missed....

Day we met

Shared by Tracy Shumpert on December 11, 2020
On Father's Day, I met Mr. Roger Elder a few years ago and we hit it off right then. I never new someone can talk that much but I put my big boy pants on and hung in there,let's just say I know about fishing now and how to get to Lake Erie . He was a good man I will miss you and now you can fish all day up there just save me some to catch too. Love You man!