Jeremy Elder

A Providence-native was killed last week in an accident at Alliance's Warrior Coal in Hopkins County.

Officials say that Jeremy Elder, 39, of Providence, was injured in an accident at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. He was found unresponsive near a battery-powered scoop by co-workers, who transported him to the surface for treatment. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Elder, who had spent most of the last 15 years at Dotiki Mine in Webster County, was one of 95 employees reassigned after Alliance Resource Partners closed that mine recently.

Elder is the son of former Webster County Jailer Terry Elder and Loretta Elder, a professor of nursing at Madisonville Community College.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kristi Sigler Elder, sons Rylan and Holden Elder, brother Adam Elder, his parents and his grandmother, Violet Brooks of Providence.

In addition to his time spent in the mine, Elder was a dedicated family man. He loved taking his kids riding on his RZR, and trucking/hauling for his dad's company Elder Hauling. He served as a committee member for the Jingle Jog 5K walk/run

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for Arthritis in honor of his son.

He was a leader at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Crittenden County, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, a deacon and a youth director.

The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety, sent investigators to the site following the afternoon accident. All mining operations were shut down yesterday and production will remain closed today in the accident area.

"Across the Commonwealth, our hearts are broken following the tragic passing of Jeremy Elder on Thursday in Western Kentucky," said Gov. Bevin. "We ask that all who recognize the healing power of prayer, please join us in remembering his wife, children, friends, and community as they mourn the loss of this hard working man. May we never take for granted the vital work and personal sacrifice of our dedicated miners."

Funeral services for Jeremy Elder were held at Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church, with burial following at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Reach MATT HUGHES at 270-667-2068 or matt@journalenterprise.com.