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Celebration of Life for Pilgrim Brother Stephen G. Elder, Sr.


Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Note: This is an edited version shortened from the original and Audio adjusted turning down the music and enhancing the service portion.

Stephen G. Elder Sr. Tribute Video


Wednesday, September 8th, 2021


Stephen Guy Elder, Sr.

Stephen Guy Elder, Sr. 77, of Lynchburg, VA, died Thursday, September 2, 2021. He was the loving husband of Catherine Marshall Elder for 52 years.


Stephen was born Tuesday, November 16, 1943, in Lynchburg, VA, a son of the late Charles Guy Elder and Margaret Lee Saunders Elder. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy. He worked at West Rock where he was a Machinist for 58 years. He was a loyal lifetime Moose member of Lodge #715 for over 31 years; he also received the Pilgrim Degree, June 5, 2021, at The House of God in Mooseheart, Illinois, but passed before his local ceremony.


He was an adoring and devoted husband to his wife, Catherine Marshall Elder, and father to his children: Guy Elder and spouse, Tricia, Randy Elder and Kim, Edie Baldwin and her spouse, Jerry, and Stephen Elder and his spouse, Heidi; his twin brother, Stanley Elder and brother, Mitchell Elder and his spouse, Susan. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tiffany, Nelson, Lauren, Charles, Catherine, and Alec and his great-grandchildren, Adam, and Luke.


A celebration of Stephen’s life will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family requests that those attending Stephen’s service please wear a face mask.


Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, 220 Breezewood Dr., Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

Celebration of Life for Pilgrim Brother Stephen G. Elder, Sr.


Wednesday, September 8th, 2021


Stephen G. Elder Sr., 77, of Lynchburg VA., died Thursday, September 2nd, 2021.


Steve originally joined the Lynchburg Moose Lodge 715 and Moose Fraternity February 13, 1991.

Steve was Conferred with the Moose Legion Degree of Service July 1998, and advanced through the Higher Degrees of the Order having been Conferred with the Fellowship Degree of Honor May 2009, and finally achieving the Highest Degree of the Order, The Pilgrim Degree of Merit, being Conferred at the Mooseheart House of God June 5, 2021.

A Valued Veteran of The Moose, Steve obtained his Lifetime Membership in The Moose August 13, 2015.


Steve served seven (7) years as Governor of the Lynchburg Moose Lodge 715, (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018). Steve also served other Board of Officer positions including 1yr and 3yr Trustee, and Jr Past Governor for six (6) years. Steve also served as Chairman of many Lodge Committees including Moose Charities, Activities, Moose Legion, Ritual, and the Mooseheart/Moosehaven Committee.


Steve became a member of the 25 Club March 2004 having sponsored his 25th member, and was a member of the 25 Club (150 Division), having sponsored his 150th member January 28, 2020.


Steve was honored with the Governors Award of Excellence from Moose International in 2015.

Tribute for Fallen Troops - News Coverage by ABC 13 - WSET


Tuesday, August 31st, 2021


Lynchburg businesses puts up tributes to fallen soldiers in Kabul airport bombing.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Places around Lynchburg are setting up tributes to the 13 U.S. soldiers who lost their lives in a suicide bombing at the Kabul International Airport.

The Moose Lodge on Lakeside Drive set theirs up Monday.

Social Quarters Manager, Heather Brennan, says it's about giving back.

"Well the flags are for the 13 that died and there's 13 place settings for each one of them that was lost and will not be returning home to us," Brennan said.

A place where nobody can sit, just honor those who laid down their lives. Brennan says it's going to be up for at least two weeks.

Brennan says they will have a special where any Moose Club military member, active or veteran, can get a free sandwich on Tuesday.

Their overall message to anyone involved in the military is thanks.

"That we are still here to tell the families thank you for sending their young men and women overseas for us," Brennan said.

Tribute for Fallen Troops - News Coverage by WSLS News 10


Tuesday, August 31st, 2021


The Moose Lodge on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg reserved 13 seats and turned down 13 glasses at a table, surrounded by American flags.

The nonprofit plans on leaving the tribute up through Sept. 11.

"The fallen troops deserve the respect that they've given us. So, we're very appreciative of the things they've done because we're able to do things now because our veterans and active military that other countries can't," said Heather Brennan, social quarters manager of the Moose Lodge.

715 Lynchburg Moose Car Show

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

A Community Service Event including a Car Show and Safe Surfin' EZ-ID Event was held Saturday, July 24th, 2021. Funds were raised to support local area youth sports. A raffle generated $800.00 to support Friends of Animals of Campbell County

715 Moose Car Show July 24 2021 .mp4

715 Lynchburg Moose Car Show

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

A Community Service Event including a Car Show and Safe Surfin' EZ-ID Event was held Saturday, July 24th, 2021. Funds were raised to support local area youth sports. A raffle generated $800.00 to support Friends of Animals of Campbell County

715 Moose Car Show July 24 2021 .mp4

Safe Surfin' Foundation EZ-ID Saves Time And Lives

An EZ-ID Child and Senior ID Event is scheduled for Saturday, July 24th, 2021, at the 715 Lynchburg Moose Lodge. 2307 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg VA.

In the event that a loved one goes missing, moments count. Precise information provided to law enforcement can make all the difference. That’s why Safe Surfin’ and Moose International have teamed up to facilitate EZ-ID Kits and Events.

EZ-ID Kits and Events are a safe and fun way to record your loved one’s vital information. Fingerprints. Photos. Physical decription, and more. You keep it. You own it. Your information is not stored anywhere else. But in the event someone vulnerable, such as a child or a senior, goes missing, you have in one handy place all the necessary information to provide to law enforcement to aid in the search.

EZ-ID is a program that is proven to save time and save lives… when every moment counts. Moose International and Safe Surfin’: working together, we are making a difference. Get in touch to find out how you can have an EZ-ID Event in your community.

Link to view and print flyer for the Car Show and EZ-ID Event scheduled for Saturday, July 24th, 2021 ..... https://drive.google.com/.../1LTefzkw3ELP6.../view

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