John C. (Skip) Elder III

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On August 28, 2013 at 11:40 am, John C. Elder III (known to friends and family as SKIP) died from heart failure.

He is survived by his mother Thelma Brazil, wife Chung H. Elder; daughter Tammy L Keeling and grandchildren Steven and Scott; son John C. Elder IV and grandchildren Brandi, Johnathon, Alesha, Noah, Caleb and Isaac; brother Thomas K. Elder and wife Cindy, nieces Stacy, Tina, Billy Jo, Veronica and Amanda; sister Sharon Seigrest and nephew Brandon; 13 great grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends, all cherished and loved by Skip.

Skip’s life was a celebration of music and creativity.  His professional career was  spent as a musician for more than 54 years, traveling all over the United States.  He had the honor of playing with Otis Reading, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Daniels, Pat Benetar, Gloria Estafan, Babette Bardo, Judy Jones, Gail Dee, Joe Tass, Joe Pitlik, Eddie Rivers and many other talented artists.  He has been noted in Rock Legends and as well as other publications.  Lead singer and bassist in groups such as The Dutchmen, Ceba, The Bianco’s,  Lovin Kind and Cacophony.  A key member of many other musical groups such as Southern Stone, Night Traveler as well as others unnamed.  He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bassist as well as being involved in music production.  He was part of the music scene in Lancaster for more than five decades and enjoyed life without a clock, marching to his own beat.

If you knew John, you knew a man who was there for you.  Always ready to help someone in need if he could.  He was a family man and was a much cherished friend loved by so many.

As was his wish, no funeral service will be held.  A gathering of family and friends is anticipated for a later date.

Condolence Messages

  1. Michael Robinson

    To June and Family, I just want you all to know Skip was my fiend, and like my big brother, he was always there for me in my times of trouble. I’m going to miss him, when we got together, we talked for hours, and we would always talk about the music, and new things going on in the music industry.I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, my prayers and thoughts go out to you all.

  2. Karen Kopp

    I’m so sorry to hear about Johns passing. Eddie called to let me know. John was a special person. Excellent musician. He will surely be missed. God rest his soul. Johns in Gods arms now. My condolences to June and Johns family. God be with the family also at this time. Love to all. Karen

  3. doris arnold sissy

    hello june we are so sorry to hear about skip we grew up together .from the time I was 12 years old I used to go and hear skip play in the bands at the old colony inn in Lancaster and other places will miss him a lot love sissy doris Arnold 567 winged elm st. loris sc 29569 phone #843-756-2111

  4. Betsy Mosemann Warren

    I’m so sorry to hear of Skip’s death. When we were in high school, I would listen to his band practice in the basement. He had high ambitions for a musical career. I’m happy he could live his dream. I wish we had been successful contacting him before our 50th class reunion.

  5. Christopher Brazill

    very sorry to hear about the passing of Skip. He was a good family man. Both my mother, Patricia and I send are warmest condolences to the entire family.

  6. Donald E. Miller

    Mrs. Elder,

    My sympathy to you and your family in John’s passing. I worked with John for 17 years at Lancaster Newspapers and have many fond memories of him. He was a faithful and dependable worker. He was a person I could count on if I needed help.
    Sincerely, Don Miller

  7. Don Henry

    Chung and Family my sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of John (Skip). May the Love and Caring from Family and Friends help you thru this difficult time.
    Don Henry, John & Chung’s Landlord

  8. Tammy Keeling

    Here is to you dad since I could not say goodbye here it goes. I your daughter Tammy am glad you went peacefully Dad. Tell my sister when you see Sandra to take good care of you. RIP John Charles Elder-3. Your grandchildren and great grandchildren will always have you legacy if not anything else. You will always be in my heart and soul love you forever. Tell Ryan up there his mother loves him and carries his thoughts daily with her.
    To a great dad and wonderful grandpa and great grandpa you will be in our hearts forever glad you are not in pain anymore.

  9. Veronica Elder-Brumbach

    June, My heart and prayers go out to you. Skip was a wonderful person and will always be missed. I wish we all had more time with him. I will always remember him as a happy, smiling, music loving uncle.

  10. John Long, Jr.

    I was shocked to see this obituary online. As I am sure I remember John “Skip” Brazil and also “Sharon Brazil” ? What struck my memory was when I read
    Did your family ever live on Plank avenue, In Willow, Street, PA ?
    Our Email is:
    Hope to get your reply.
    John Long
    Sarasota FL

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