Charles Carter Elder ’37, 97, of Charlotte, N.C., died of melanoma on his birthday, June 13, 2012. Born June 13, 1915, in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of the late Frankie Carter Elder and Charlie Crofford Elder.
Elder graduated from Davidson in 1937 with a degree in business and economics. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and played on the first soccer team at Davidson.
Elder worked for 40 years in the sales department of the Southern Railway in Greensboro, New York City, Lynchburg, Va., Durham, and Raleigh. He was a 30-year member of Rotary International.
Survivors include a daughter, Anne Elder Greene (Joe), 7038 Ladys Secret Dr., Indian Trail, NC 28079-5729; two grandsons, David and Andrew; a granddaughter, Joanna Greene; and six great-grandchildren, Kasey, Jamie, Seth, Christopher, Carter, and Joshua. Additional survivors include a niece, Dona Carlson; nephews, Dwight Trent and Daryl Trent; and great nieces and nephews, Erin and Malin Carlson, Redding and Sarah Trent, and Nicholas, Ryan, and Grace Trent. In addition to his parents, Elder was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Rosser.