He was born Feb. 13, 1949 to the late Janie Richardson and Jack Yelder.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Willie Margaret Yelder; children, Heather K. Yelder, Arthur Douglas Yelder Jr., Stacey Megan Yelder, Jamie Scott ( Jamica) Yelder, Courtney Christine Elizabeth Yelder; brothers, Jack (Meta) Yelder, Larry Yelder, Ralph G. ( Joyce) Yelder, Jimmy (Lisa) Jenkins; sisters, Carolyn Jenkins, Lauretta (Arthur) Cooper, Janet (Dr. Anthony) Clemador; seven grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
The service was June 29 at 2 p.m. at St. Union Baptist Church with military honors. Burial was in the St. Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.