William Walter "Bill" Crowder

  • Born: August 7, 1935
  • Died: October 13, 2016
  • Location: Blytheville, Arkansas

Howard Funeral Service

201 E. 3rd Street
Leachville, AR 72438

Tel. (870) 539-6357

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Walter "Bill" Crowder, age 81, of Blytheville, passed from this life, Thursday October 13, 2016 at the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. Born in Dell, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Margaret Gray Crowder and was a lifelong Blytheville resident. He attended Blytheville High School and later served in the U. S. Navy Reserve. Bill was a career firefighter, he served many years with the Blytheville Fire Department and later with Eaker Air Force Base as a civil service firefighter. He had also worked as a safety officer for Kelly Electric in Kennett, Missouri. In years past, Bill had served as a reserve deputy sheriff for Mississippi County and as a jailer for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Blytheville. Bill loved camping and fishing, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ira and Laura Gray, and Will and Elma Crowder, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, W. E. and Alma Golden.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Gwen Golden Crowder of the home

1 son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Lucy Crowder of Blytheville

1 daughter, Dana Carson of Morrilton, Arkansas

1 brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Crowder of Memphis, Tennessee

He also leaves 5 grandchildren; William Britten Crowder, Katie Price, Kathleen Crowder, Charles Blake Elliott, Briah Lewis, and 5 great-grandchildren, Brittany Crowder, Bradley Crowder, Jacob Crowder, Maria Crowder, and Ryan Price.

Funeral service will be 2pm Monday October 17, 2016 at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Dr. Tommy Carney officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville. The family will receive visitors Sunday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home in Manila. Guest register @www.HowardFuneralService.com

Condolence & Memory Journal

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Gwen.

Posted by Gena Wright - Spokane, Washingtonjwc - Friend   October 26, 2016

Gwen,Doug and I were so sorry to hear about our Bill,but you had 60 great yrs together and to children and grandchildren,may God Bless you and your family as time goes own

Posted by Frances Graham - Rogers, AR - Friend   October 25, 2016

I just read of Bill passing and am very sorry for your loss. As you know, we knew and were friends dating back to the 50's. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this trying time. Billy Ed & Joy Colston

Posted by Billy Ed Colston - Blytheville, AR - Friend   October 18, 2016

To The Crowder Family, I'm going to miss seeing mr. Crowder around town. He is a decent man and very funny. He
always have a smile and was always very very friendly when he spoke to me. I will miss you.

Posted by Doug Brown    October 17, 2016

To the family,
Doug and I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Crowder passing. Praying for comfort and pease during this time of sorrow.

Posted by Doug & Carolyn Qualls - Trumann, AR - Friend   October 16, 2016

So sorry to learn of Bill's death.He and Gwen were good back yard neighbors in Blytheville. He and Col. Shirley were always interesting to visit with in a sweet neighborhood of yester years.

Sondra Nall Smith

Posted by Sondra Smith - Olive Branch, MS - Friend   October 16, 2016

Gwen, I read in the paper about the passing of Bill. So sorry for your loss. I know its been a
long time since we have seen each other but I still
think of my high school friends often.

Posted by Imogene Ellis (Freeman( - HARRISON, AR - Classmate   October 15, 2016

Bill & Kathleen so very sorry to hear of your Dad and Granddad's passing. I have known your family and grandparents all of my life. They were friends with my Dad and Mom and my older Brother's Jimmy and Buddy Phillips. I remember when your Dad brought from the Fire Station I think the CPR dummy was named Susy. Something like that to teach us kids how to do CPR at our MYF meeting at First United Methodist Church. He was so good with us kids. Will always remember his smile and kindness with us all. You and your Family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless your old friend from childhood
Merton Phillips

Posted by Merton Phillips - Blytheville, AR - Family Friend   October 14, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Crowder, especially to Gwen, young Bill and Dana. I met Gwen when she worked with the Pollard Insurance Agency and through her I was introduced to Bill and their children. Through a working relationship with Gwen during that time, I got to know her as a special person and a friend. Gwen, take care of yourself and may God Bless You and your children. Always your friend, Guy

Posted by Guy Ransom - Jonesboro, AR - Acquaintance   October 14, 2016

Such a dear man. Knew him all my life. I always got a big smile and a hug when I saw him. My thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.

Posted by Mary Knight - Dell, AR - Friend   October 14, 2016