He was born August 15, 1939, in Rosman, S.C., and moved to Lorain in the early 1950s.
Elmer worked as a welder for the American Ship Building Company in Lorain for 15 years. Following that, he worked as a welder at Lorain Works U.S. Steel for 15 years. He worked as the manager at Imperial Battery in Lorain for four years, then Automotive Equipment in North Ridgeville for five years.
He attended the Sheffield Church of God, and was a member and Steward at the United Steel Workers Union Local 1104.
He enjoyed bowling, auto mechanics, working in his yard and growing roses.
He is survived by his son, Randall of Avon; daughters, Michelle Williamson of Lorain, and Rhonda Neal of Sheffield Township; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren; brothers, Charles Murphy of Tulsa, Okla., and Earl Murphy of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilliard Murphy and Hattie Jean (nee Frizzell); granddaughter, Bonnie Murphy in 1984; brother, Lester Murphy; and a sister, Betty Murphy.
The family will receive friends on 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2007, at Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain, where funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2007. The Rev. Mark Leonhardt, pastor of Sheffield Church of God, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridgehill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.