COLUMBUS – Thomas Earl Gilder, 87, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born July 14, 1925, in Vardaman.
A Graduate of Vardaman High School, he received his degree from Mississippi State University in electrical engineering, He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired aerospace/electrical engineer for Rockwell International in Los Angeles. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Jeff Gilder will officiate. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery at Vardaman.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Edmondson Gilder of Columbus; two daughters, Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff (Dr. Nicholas Hoff Sr.) of Hollis, N.H., Lynne Gilder Hartel of Charleston, S.C.; one son, Dr. Earl Edmondson Gilder (Edie) of Medford, Ore.; four Grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Hoff III, Alex Hoff, Thomas Gilder and Hannah Gilder; and three sisters, Sarah Edmondson of Memphis, Bessie Fleming of Jackson and Jacqueline Gilder Eastridge of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Rivers Gilder and Wilker Inmon Gilder; a sister, Alma Edmondson; and three brothers, Rufus Gilder, Jasper Gilder and Gene Gilder.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Henry Edmondson, Thomas Gilder, Alex Hoff, Dr. Nicholas Hoff III, Frank Wicker and Bobby Wiggs. Honorary pallbearers will be Carter Edmondson, Martin Edmondson and Hannah Gilder.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church, P.O. Box 72, Vardaman, MS 38878.
For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.