Charles B. "Charlie" Elder Jr., a retired dispatcher who enjoyed collecting Christmas ornaments, died Saturday of multiple organ failure at
The Hydes resident was 44.
Charles Bailey Elder Jr., who was born in Baltimore and raised in Hydes, graduated in 1986 from Dulaney High School. In his youth, he had been active in the Boy Scouts.
Mr. Elder attended Widener University in Chester, Pa., and had worked for 15 years as a dispatcher in the Cockeysville office of Alarm Watch, a security company, until last year.
Mr. Elder was an avid collector of silver Wallace Christmas ornaments.
"He had a collection of more than 40, and the tree shown so brightly," said his mother, Elizabeth Elder, who also lives in Hydes.
Mr. Elder, who was an Orioles and Ravens fan, also enjoyed photography.
"Facebook was also another hobby. He enjoyed corresponding with lots and lots of people," his mother said.
He had been an active member for 40 years of Little People of America and was a member of the Hopkins Club.
Mr. Elder was a communicant and acolyte at Trinity Episcopal Church, 12400 Manor Road, Glen Arm, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Elder is survived by his father, Charles B. Elder Sr.; a sister, Frances Elder Hock of Midlothian, Va.; and two nieces.