James Elder, of Carlisle, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Springhill Hospital, North Little Rock surrounded by family members who loved his dearly. James was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Pearl Elder and brothers, Lloyd Elder and Frank Brewer.

James was born September 12, 1930, and spent his life in Carlisle except for two years while serving in the Army. He worked with his father, Frank Elder, who founded the family water well business in 1930. James assisted in the business from a very young age and throughout his adult life. He continued building the Elder Drilling Company and expanded it into a very successful business through support of family members, hard work, and honesty in all business dealings. In later years, he developed an interest in farming and while participating in farming he continued to play an active role in Elder Drilling until the very end of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mickie Griffin Elder, and sons Frank and wife, Kathy, and Don and wife, Vicki; four grandchildren, Shane and wife Amanda, Clay and wife, Meredith, Julie and husband Eric, and Cole and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being made through Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Visitation was at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 10. Funeral services were 2:00 p,m., Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Carlisle. Memorials may be made to the Carlisle First United Methodist Church or the Carlisle Cemetery.