Born February 9th, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born to Thomas Case and Dorothy McCormack Elder who are deceased.
Wayne attended Isaac Litton High School and graduated from Howard High School in 1962. He later attended Middle Tennessee State College and the University of Tennessee.
Wayne married Judy Corlew on May 24th, 1963. Wayne and Judy have two children, Jay Elliot Elder and Gregory Alan Elder. They have three grandchildren, Lily Paige Elder, Alec Grant Elder and Asher Grayson Elder.
Wayne and Judy are members of the Bellevue Church of Christ in Nashville.
He retired from American Healthways in 2005 as Corporate Information Security Officer following his careers at Hospital Corporation of America, Endata and National Life and Accident Insurance Company.
He was raised a Master Mason on April 23rd, 1968 in Corinthian Lodge #414, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1977 and served as Treasurer from 1983-1996 and Secretary from 1997-2012.
He joined the Scottish Rite in 1968 and joined Al Menah Shrine in 1974.
He was Exalted in Cumberland Chapter #1 in 1999 and served as Excellent High Priest in 2010 and has served as Treasurer since 2012. He was Greeted in Nashville Council #1 in 1999 and served as Illustrious Master in 2012. He was Knighted in Nashville Commandery #1 in 1999 and served as Eminent Commander in 2011. He was inducted into Tennessee Priory No. 15 K.Y.C.H. in 2013 and the Knight Commander of the Temple in 2013.
Wayne is a member of the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and received the Order of the Purple Cross in 2015.
Wayne is also a member of the Ezra Council of Knight Masons, A. B. Church Jr. Council Allied Masonic Degrees, Old Hickory Chapter Red Cross of Constantine, Cornelius Chapel St. Thomas of Acon, Tennessee College Rosicrucian Society, and the Middle Tennessee York Rite Association where he served as President in 2012.
He was elected Grand Captain of the Guard March 25th, 2013 and progressed through the chairs being elected Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master, Cryptic Masons of Tennessee March 24th, 2015.